|Type of Place||Suburb|
|Politics c. 1860?||Don't Know|
|Unions, Organized Labor?||Don't Know|
|Sundown Town Status|
|Confirmed Sundown Town?||Probable|
|Year of Greatest Interest||1930s|
|Was there an ordinance?||Don't Know|
|Sign?||Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence|
|Still Sundown?||Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Blacks|
|Tell Us More About This Town|| |
|According to a local college student, Reading and Lockland, suburbs NE of Cincinnati, were connected by a bridge that is marked: "1909 The first concrete rainbow arch bridge built in Ohio." It still stands. It goes over a small stream that divides the towns.
There was a sign on a bridge that read "No Niggers After Dark."
Testimony of a Reading resident: "There was a sign on the bridge between Reading and Lockland that told 'em they had to be out by sundown. It was gone by 1940. I was sborn in 1930. I heard about it from my Dad." Blacks lived in Lockland and in Lincoln Heights.
One eyewitness notes, "During the course of my life, I have come to know far too many places that meet the criteria you have defined... I will name three of them for you, they are:
Reading, Ohio [blacks there by the 1970s]
Milton, West Virginia
Nappa Valley, California"
According to a former resident who lived in the town from 1936 to 1942, "I recall that it was sort of understood (although I don't remember how we became aware of this) that blacks were not allowed in town after sundown. I don't recall seeing more than one or two in town in the daytime during the entire time I lived there."
Email from 2014: "In the 70s, my father told me that Reading OH was known as a sundown town snd that he himself had been warned to be out by sundown."
Email from 2015:
"I worked with an elderly pharmacist in the late 1970s. He told me that when he was a young man he would beat any blacks that were still in Reading after dark. He used a phrase that I remember to this day "let the sun never set on a black man in Reading"." The email messenger later estimated that the pharmacist was likely referring to a time in the 1930s.