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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Cookeville

Tennessee

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

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 3738 17
1940 4364 22
1950 6924 20
1960 7805 11
1970
1980
1990 21744
2000
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

One TN resident claims: “consider that the Ku Klux Klan still holds regular meetings in Cookeville Tennessee, on Tabor Loop. That town still has signs at each end saying “nigger don’t let the sun set on you in this town.”

This is not true, according to a librarian in Cookeville. Cookeville has had blacks at least in the 1950s and on. She did suggest Monterey, very white small town in Putnam County near Cookeville, she has never heard a sundown story about it but suspects it cannot be so white by accident, and Gainesboro, in Jackson County, ditto.

A professor at TN Tech says Tabor Loop is in the west part of the county, near Baxter, which is probably sundown.