|Type of Place||Independent City or Town|
|Metro Area?||Independent City or Town|
|Politics c. 1860?||Don't Know|
|Unions, Organized Labor?||Don't Know|
|Sundown Town Status|
|Confirmed Sundown Town?||Probable|
|Year of Greatest Interest|
|Was there an ordinance?||Don't Know|
|Still Sundown?||Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Blacks|
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|Testimony of a nearby resident (1/26/2005): "For years, ever since I was a boy [in the 1940s], everybody knew. I heard stories by whites: this black or that black was chased out...[often] said in a bragadoccio way" by youths.
According to a local museum employee (2/2002), a saying known among nearby Richmond whites was "Nothing but whites in Colonial Heights," who often referred to the town as "Colonial Whites."
Testimony of a nearby resident (6/12/2000): "Colonial Heights, Virginia, just north of Petersburg on I 95, was a 'whites only' town at least into the mid 1980s. I vaguely recall a big flap back then about blacks not being able to buy or at least being discouraged from buying homes there. I remember a big write up about it in the Norfolk Virginian Pilot. Some folks, who know the area better than I do, say it's still a 'whites only' town."
Testimony of a nearby resident (10/12/2001): My daughter works in colonial Hgts. and my mom is in a nursing home there. My son played CH in sports while in a high school nearby. The only nonwhites I know of living there last time I heard were a family of Asian Indians. The man was a teacher at VA State Un. which was are predominately black university. I got my masters there. It borders Colonial Hgts. I left [the area] in 1985. People then still carried KKK cards. It was the KKK headquarters for area."
According to a nearby resident (1/26/2005): "When Meadowbrook High School, a majority-white but integrated school, played Colonial Heights, extra chaperons went along, to help students deal with the racism they would experience there. This was according to the cheerleading coach."