Las Vegas, NV


The Las Vegas Ghetto Story

The city known as Sin City has communities like Burgundy Square, Valley View, Donna Blocc, Gerson, and many more in the Las Vegas ghetto of the West Side and North Town sections, that are just around the corner from the Las Vegas Strip.

With almost around 2 million people in Las Vegas’ Clark County and blacks making 12% of the total population, many do not know the story of the Las Vegas ghetto or the city’s black community in the small section of West Las Vegas, which has been around for generations.

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According to some people, the community was first in nearby Henderson, Nevada and around Stewart Avenue, but would later move to the Berkley Square neighborhood of West Las Vegas, with most of the houses being built in the 1950s, while some would say different.

Just like most of the other cities in the country, Las Vegas’ black community was segregated and discriminated from having similar rights that other areas of the city had received.

With blacks only being allowed in certain areas, the West Side community became a thriving part of town for African-Americans.


The area became so big with entertainment and businesses, that white tourist and customers would travel to the West Side to experience the nightlife and other activities of West Las Vegas, especially with the help of the legendary Moulin Rouge casino, which played a major role of the city’s black history story.

The area was needed, in the beginning, as many black entertainers were booked to perform in the Las Vegas casino’s, but most were not allowed to stay in the hotels.

This would help the West Las Vegas neighborhood to become popular, with Jackson street being the heart and center of the community.

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Years later, blacks were finally able to move around outside of the West Las Vegas community, which some would say helped the overall decline of the West Side area.

Outside of that section, other neighborhoods came about like the different blocks and housing and apartment complexes of North Town in North Las Vegas . Today most of the West Las Vegas neighborhood is still around.


*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.


Bracey, Earnest. “The Moulin Rouge and Black Rights in Las Vegas”. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. 2009

Lyle, Michael. “Discover the Trail of Black History in Las Vegas.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. N.p., 05 Feb. 2015. Web. 18 Feb. 2016. <>.