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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Archer City

Texas

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Don’t Know

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930 1512 16
1940
1950 1901 11
1960
1970
1980
1990 1748 1
2000
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

“My grandparents lived in Archer City, Texas for
many, many years. While I never saw any of the signs, I
know there were no African Americans there in the
1950s and 1960s. My mother recalled seeing actual
signs posted around the area in the 1920s and 1930s
that said something to the effect that no ‘niggers’ were
to be found there after dark.”

“African Americans were discouraged from even
entering the town during the day. However, one of the
local ranchers had an African American man working
for him named Joe Eddy. Joe Eddy was allowed in
town at any time because he worked for Mr. Young.”