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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.

Dunlap

Tennessee

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably

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
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980 1295 5
1990 3731 2
2000 4173 7
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

email 3/2008 from nearby resident

Dunlap remains a sundown town, at least de facto. In the early 20th century, Dunlap was a center of coal mining activity and had a notable coke oven operation. The story as I’ve heard it from locals is that circa 1910, mine owners laid off numerous white workers and kept some lower-paid black workers; instead of blaming the bosses, the unemployed workers drove all blacks out of the county. As recently as the mid-1980s there was fresh graffiti with “KKK” and “Niggers Go Home” spraypainted on rocks in the area.