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Basic Information
Type of PlaceIndependent City or Town
Metro Area?Independent City or Town
Politics c. 1860?Slightly Democratic
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

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

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
193045442
194047440
195077393
196091192
197012342
1980
19901623481
20001952217873118365199

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Method of Exclusion
Threat of Violence;Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
A former Ashland resident writes:
"Most think that Ashland was such a town (as well as Medford). Here's a story about Ashland. I worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival there. In the 1950's, they hired their first Black actress, and she had to be escorted as she traveled to and from the theatre for safety."

A former Ashland resident writes:
"My parents moved to Ashland in 1949. At that time there was a city ordinance prohibiting non whites from living there. I believe there was even a sign at the city limits stating that only whites could live there."
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