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Basic Information
Type of PlaceSuburb
Metro Area?Suburb
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

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

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"When I moved to Edmond, Oklahoma in 1969, there still was a city ordinance forbidding black people to be in town after sundown. I do not know if it applied to Native Americans, but I would not be surprised... My husband had spent most of his youth in Edmond. I had grown up in Arkansas and was very familiar with segregation, but most of the cities I knew had black families living there. When I married and we moved to Edmond, I was surprised to see that there were no black families in town. [My husband] and his family told me about the city ordinance and said that it was called a 'sundown' law. As I remember it the first black family moved to Edmond in the late '70s... I cannot attest to actually seeing the ordinance, but I always believed it had existed at one time because Oklahoma City (Edmond is a suburb of OKC) had a very large black population and Edmond became the 'white flight' capitol of the area when the OKC schools were desegregated." -posted to the web, 2004 "Oklahoma has a history of poor race relations... Edmond is a suburb of Oklahoma City, and when the Oklahoma City schools began serious desegregation in 1972, the population of Edmond exploded with parents fleeing the city... Edmond has traditionally be majority white (currently over 86%), wealthy, Republican, and racially intolerant. Indeed, Edmond had 'sundown laws', prohibiting blacks from spending the night within the town limits, on the books until 1974... They were not in force at that late date but no one had bothered to remove them from the books." -anonymous post on the Slacker Friday weblog, 12 September 2005 "I have seen a real estate pamphlet from the 1940s that proclaims on it\'s list of desirable attributes \"No Negroes!\". This was the premier white flight suburb of Oklahoma City." -Email from Oklahoma resident 9/9/2008 "In the Edmond Historical Society museum there is an old post card from the Royce Cafe that reads something like "15,000 people, no Negros." -Email from Oklahoma resident 8/20/09
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