Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Florida Sundown Towns

Sundown towns were all-white municipalities or neighborhoods in the United States that practiced a form of segregation by enforcing restrictions excluding people of non-white races via some combination of discriminatory local laws, intimidation, and violence. The term came from signs posted that "colored people" had to leave town by sundown. Source 
Altha - Cedar Key - Coral Gables
Daytona Beach Shores - Del Ray Beach
Elfers - Flagler Beach - Gulfport
Holmes Beach - Longboat Key
Melbourne Beach - Miami Beach
Myakka City - Ocoee - Old Homosassa
Palm Beach - Samsula
Southport - St. Cloud
Venice - Winterhaven
White residents often reminded Blacks of the threat by bumping the backs of their cars while driving and flashing weapons at Blacks in town.
To combat this threat, Black travelers used a guide called "The Negro Motorist Green-Book" to determine safe places for Blacks to stop along their routes. more