- Type of Place
- Independent City or Town
- Metro Area
- Politics c. 1860?
- Unions, Organized Labor?
Sundown Town Status
- Sundown Town in the Past?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Don't Know
- Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
Method of Exclusion
Main Ethnic Group(s)
In 2005, three white men burned a cross on the front yard of a black resident living in/near Fouke. They were arrested and convicted. One was sentenced to home detention, probation, and a $2,000 fine. Sentencing for the other two has been contested and is still uncertain as of 3/2008.
New sentencing hearing ordered for two convicted of hate crime
One person at the NAI Workshop, 11/2007, said the Fouke monster was said to eat African Americans who remained there after dark. Another person said he thought that was just an example of conflation.
Fouke’s two African-American residents are an aged couple in their seventies.
“There are no black children in the schools. They had one Asian child, and one Latino, but they didn’t
last but one year.”
“As of 2:00 P.M may 23 2001, it is still nigger free, no niggers bus in and urine head would piss in his
pants if he stoped in that town.”
“They don’t try any one thing. The colored people
just don’t have any business here, and so they don’t
try to live here.”
“As far back as the late twenties colored people
weren’t welcome in Fouke, Arkansas to live, or to work
in town. The city put up an almost life sized chalk
statue of a colored man at the city limit line, he had an
iron bar in one hand and was pointing out of town
with the other hand. The city kept the statue painted
and dressed, really taking good care of it. Back in
those days colored people were run out of Fouke, one
was even hung from a large oak tree, and there’s a
tree that is still referred to as the hanging tree. The
man was hung with a necktie and a red handkerchief;
a five-dollar bill was sticking out of his pocket for any
person wanting to bury the man. The story was that
the man had come into Fouke, committed rape among
other things, was apprehended and hung. Justice was
served. The original ‘hanging tree’ died of natural
causes back in the mid sixties. The story has been
passed on to another tree that could easily be
mistaken for the original tree. My guess is that Fouke
will always have a ‘hanging tree,’ the name being
passed down from one tree to another, keeping the
story alive. As of this date there are no colored people
living within miles of Fouke, so the attention getter,
the means to shake the little town up isn’t ‘the
Russians are coming,’ it’s someone is importing
colored people into town.”