Federal Housing Grant Controversy

In 1963, the town of Aberdeen was given a grant to build public housing with proper electricity, water and sewage capabilities. This was to be used in Aberdeen’s poorest section of town, which happened to be in a black neighborhood. In early February, a mayoral candidate for Aberdeen, Ray Tolar, blasted the housing project saying that these people shouldn’t be given these utility services unless they pay taxes. The local paper defended the project, stating that it was an opportunity for the city to relieve some of its poorest citizens.


“Public Housing”, Aberdeen Examiner, February 14, 1963