Green’s Dictionary of Slang

niggertown n.

also nigga town, nigger hill, niggerville
[nigger n.1 (1) + SE town/hill/-ville; note W.I. dial. negro-town, a community of runaway slaves or maroons who would use them as bases for raids on the plantations]

(US) a black neighbourhood; also attrib.

[US]Jefferson Republican (Stroudsburg, PA) 15 Sept. 3/4: A large concourse of people [...] assembled [...] in the immediate vicinity of the ‘Five Points’ of this city, or as it is called here, ‘Nigger-town’.
[US]Harper’s Mag. Sept. 572/2: The aforesaid battery had been consummated at a doggery at Niggerville, now called Washington [in the State of Louisiana] near the town of Opelousas.
[US]H.R. Helper Impending Crisis of the South 18: Like all other niggervilles in our disreputable part of the confederacy, the commercial emporium of South Carolina is sick and impoverished [DA].
[US]Memphis Dly Appeal (TN) 9 Aug. 1/8: A party of ten men, armed with shotguns, entered Nigger-town on the suburbs of Lexington.
[US]Louisiana Democrat (Alexandria, LA) 6 Feb. 3/1: That portion of lower Third street, popularly known as ‘Niggerville’.
[US]Fireman’s Journal 16 Aug. 131/2: Mr. Tarbell [...] was, in his younger days, one of the ‘b’hoys’ you read about [...] He was a member of Frank Whitney’s famous crowd that made notorious old ‘Hero No. 6’ the terror of ‘Nigger Hill.’.
[UK]I.D. Hardy Oranges and Alligators 111: Almost every settlement [...] has its ‘coloured quarter,’ or ‘Nigger-town,’ as it is more often called by the white inhabitants.
[US]N.Y. Tribune 12 Dec. 13/4: With negroes craps may be described as a racial pastime. A town without craps [...] is consequently not a good ‘nigger town’.
[US]Wkly Messenger (St Martinsville, LA) 1 Apr. 1/2: If the sun should rise some morning at 2.30 it would find half the white population of Jennings in nigger town.
[US]University Missourian (Columbia, MO) 11 Nov. 2/2: Columbia begins in the north with nigger town and ends with the University in the south.
[US]C. McKay Home to Harlem 285: It’s the same ole life everywhere [...] In white man’s town or nigger town.
[US]T. Wolfe Web and the Rock 27: To call me forth [...] to sweat my way through Niggertown in the dreary torpor of the afternoon.
[US]I. Shulman Cry Tough! 13: In any of the hundreds of slum neighborhoods: in Jewtown, Micktown, Woptown, Hunkytown, Niggertown.
[UK]A. Petry Narrows 341: What was she doin’ on the dock in Niggertown, three in the mornin’.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 197: That yaller girl used to work in Marylou’s Hair Straightening and Skin Bleach Parlor over in Nigga town.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 10: The line which divides Niggerville from Beverly Hills.
[US]J. Baldwin Blues for Mister Charlie 87: A lot of the other kids in school used to drive over to niggertown at night to try and find black women.
[US]J. Conaway Big Easy 144: ‘Git out or go with me,’ the cabbie told Comiski. ‘I ain’t hanging round Niggertown this afternoon.’.
[US](con. 1940s) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 7: His way home lay up an unnamed niggertown alley.
J. Lansdale Act of Love (1995) 22: Just cruise on out to Niggertown and ride up and down.
[US]Maledicta IX 53: Nigger Hill; Nigger Quarters; Nigger Section; Nigger Town n [C] Black community within an urban area.
[US]D. Pinckney High Cotton (1993) 148: As remote as the days of ‘Nigger Hill’ when Irish gangs lay in wait to attack free blacks out walking with their wives.
[US]P. Beatty White Boy Shuffle 23: A hooded mob chasing him back to Niggertown.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 20 Aug. 4: A shanty area of tenements and trailer homes officially known as the Sunset Addition but popularly referred to by white folks as ‘Niggertown’.
[US]J. Ridley Conversation with the Mann 61: That tall white boy [...] that wanted to beat my head in for not knowing the route to ‘niggerville’.
[US]P. Beatty Sellout (2016) 281: The nefarious darkies have all the kids in Niggertown hooked up to IVs.