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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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De Leon

Texas

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
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
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Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

When Comanche County, in which De Leon is
located, expelled its black population in 1886, De
Leon erected a sundown sign in the local train station.
Several years later, the railroad asked the town to
move the sign, as black porters were being
threatened. Accounts of to where it was moved differ;
some say the well and others say the city limit.