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Basic Information
Type of PlaceIndependent 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?Unlikely
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Surely Not

Census Information
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Method of Exclusion
Zoning;Realtors

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black;Other

Comments
Rochester of course was never a sundown town. Some of its suburbs may have been. See study, 1958, by sociologist David J. Pittman and grad. student William. L. Holland, Center for the Study of Intergroup Relations, U of Rochester, 3/27/1958, says between 1940-50 the black population of the county outside the city of Rochester increased by just 34 people. Rochester Librarian: "All white on purpose brings up the question whose purpose? The census by towns around Rochester (available in Local History division at Rundel Library) will reveal all or nearly all white; but on purpose? Laws at some point (don't know here without checking) would prohibit discrimination, but many of us have seen deeds with exclusions to Italians or blacks in them. Realtors even in the 1980s would steer white people to certain neighborhoods because they were protected from encroachment of "unwanted elements." Of course, a lot of new development and new construction took place in the suburbs and that may have economically excluded blacks or Hispanics because of prejudice in the lending field."
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