- a part of a town or city inhabited largely by blacks.
Origin of darktown
This term from the 1880s, as used in the American South, is usually perceived as insulting and racist. But Darktown Strutters’ Ball was the name of a popular jazz song written in 1917.
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Historical Examples of darktown
Madge soon reached the edge of darktown, taking a main street which led to the better section of Claymore.The Secret of the Sundial
Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt