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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Scarsdale

New York

Basic Information

Type of Place
Suburb
Metro Area
NYC mainland
Politics c. 1860?
6
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920 3,506 168
1930
1940
1950
1960 17698 833 50
1970
1980
1990
2000 17823 14989 271 2242 3 467
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Police or Other Official Action
  • Zoning
  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Scarsdale’s black population in 1960 was
overwhelmingly female (about 7 to 1). 794 of the black residents that year lived in households with non-relatives as head of household. This indicates that most or all of these black people were live-in domestic workers.

“White Plains and Scarsdale, NY, … used zoning and other police powers to remove poor blacks from settled neighborhoods and redevelop them for affluent whites.” See Paul H. Mattingly, Suburban Landscapes.