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Basic Information
Type of PlaceSuburb
Metro Area?Suburb
Politics c. 1860?Don't Know
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Possible
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Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Don't Know

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Comments
email 11/2007:

Message: Shandon was an early 20th century streetcar suburb of Columbia. It is not surprising that it would have been a sundown town at the time. Shandon has long been integrated into the City of Columbia proper, and is now in fact a relatively progressive in-town urban neighborhood near the University of South Carolina. However, I don't perceive it as a particularly racially diverse area - it is the closest thing to a "white liberal yuppie" neighborhood as you'll find in Columbia, at least by Deep South standards (i.e., this is not quite Boulder, Colorado or Northampton, MA, but comes closest in South Carolina's decidedly different socio-cultural context). Home prices in this picturesque neighborhood are pricey by Columbia standards - this is a gentrified area. African-Americans by and large live in other areas of Columbia.

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Shandon(now an in town suburb of Columbia) advertised itself as the "whitest town in America" when built in the 20s. See John Hammond Moore's history of Columbia and Richland County. Shandon was no longer a town by 1990.
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