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Basic Information
Type of PlaceIndependent City or Town
Metro Area?Independent City or Town
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Surely
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Still Sundown?Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Blacks

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
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Method of Exclusion
Threat of Violence;Private Bad Behavior

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
Several long time residents tell of a sign reading "Nigger, Don't Let The Sun Set On You in Oildale", which was removed in the late 1950s or early 1960s. A former high school teacher in Oildale heard that the sign stood until the 1970s. This same teacher had a black male student who chose to live with family members in another state rather than live in Oildale, and a black female student who had no friends in the local high school. The teacher has noticed an "in bred culture of racism". Another resident reports that until 1998, "nigger don't let the sun go down on you here" was spraypainted on the back of a billboard. "I remember my grandfather not being able to find work as a black college educated man, my mother's stories of signs re: not serving blacks, jews, dogs." -posted 2005 "Several of the red neck type patients told me to steer clear of that town. They told me of a cross burning on... a black man's lawn. He apparently was married to an Asian. I was also told that the sundown law still applied. It was rumoured that the sign, warning blacks, was still standing but boldly I drove into the town on didn't see anything like that... I always felt afraid to venture too far off the 5 freeway in the entire Bakersfield area." -woman who worked at a CA clinic in 1994
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