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Basic Information
Type of PlaceOther
Metro Area?NYC/Newart
Politics c. 1860?Don't Know
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Probable
Year of Greatest Interest1926
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Surely Not

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
190019,0251,108
1910
1920
19300
194013,339386
195011,976281
196013,030
1970
1980
1990
200020,70914,2391,9751,922494,839

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Method of Exclusion
Violent Expulsion

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
Carteret is one of New Jersey's many boroughs, a type of municipality unique to the state. In Middlesex County, overlooks Staten Island. "1926: White mobs burned churches and attacked Negro families during riots in Carteret, NJ. As a result of the riots all Negroes left the town. The rioting followed the indictment of Robert Ducrest, a Negro, for the murder of John Carroll, a white boxer." (see Peter M. Bergman and Mort N. Bergman, The Chronological History of the Negro in America (NY: Mentor, 1969), 423.) [The departure had to be temporary, though, because blacks were back in the 1930 census.] Robert Minor, white Communist, wrote about Carteret, 1926, "in which armed whites drove the entire black population from the town, burned a black church, 'and generally conducted an organized reign of terror of the sort which America calls a race riot and which the old Russia of the now-dead czar called a pogrom.'" (see Robert Minor, "After Garvey - What?" Workers Monthly, 5/1926, quoted in Clarke, Marcus Garvey, 165-66.)
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