|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?||Unlikely|
|Year of Greatest Interest|
|Was there an ordinance?||Don't Know|
|Still Sundown?||Surely Not|
|Tell Dr. Loewen More About This Town|| |
|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.
"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."