Home | Back to United States Map
Showing Sayville in NY...

Basic Information
Type of PlaceCDP, Unincorporated Borough, or MCD
Metro Area?Long Island
Politics c. 1860?Don't Know
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Possible
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Surely Not

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
200016735160331213407505

Tell Dr. Loewen More About This Town
2 + 5:(to stop spam)
Email:
Method of Exclusion
Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
From Nancy C. Curtis, Black Heritage Sites: The North (NY: New Press, 1996): Father Divine, the famous black preacher, "acquired property in 1919 in the all-white suburb of Sayville, LI. (p. 31) So it may have been all-white on purpose before then, but not since. According to resident who grew up in Sayville: "Until the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, there was an unofficial policy (tradition, if you will) of separating all of the non-white and/or non-Christian students into their own class year after year. The justification given was that it helped the real estate people by keeping property values up. If someone asked how Sayville handled 'those people' they could explain that their kids would be kept apart from 'those kids'. Additionally, black people were confined (again, unofficially) to Hanson Place and Oak Street just south of the train tressel. This stopped less because of the passage of the Civil Rights Act itself, and more because that gave the local Episcopalian minister the confidence to go around threatening people with the ACLU if they didn't."
This site was created by Matt Cheney and is copyrighted by James W. Loewen 1997-2018.