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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Copperas Cove

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?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
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Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Copperas Cove broke in the mid-1960s, due to the
presence of Fort Hood, a large US Army base. The first
black family to live in Copperas Cove, in 1968, was an
army family. “The word around town was that the
Army wanted to end Cove’s sundown status and,
perhaps, community leaders were given very clear
signals that the [family] were to be left alone… After
that integration occurred pretty smoothly. My
steadfastly white Southern Baptist Church even started
welcoming blacks to the congregation and by the time
I was in high school there was a African American
deacon.”