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 
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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
Yankeetown
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White residents often reminded Blacks of the threat by bumping the backs of their cars while driving and flashing weapons at Blacks in town.
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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

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