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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Goldthwaite

Texas

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
1940 1414 1414 0 0
1950
1960
1970 1693 1674 0 19 0
1980
1990 1658 0
2000 1802 1568 7 5 1 332 221 1
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

email 11/27/2007:
The person who told me the story that Golthwaite was a sundown town was a African-American student taking classes in the Recreation Program (HPER Department) at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX, I believe in 1988/89. This African-American student about age 20 or so told me he had a tire go flat as he was driving through Goldthwaite on his return home (I believe going to Brownwood), but he just kept on going on the flat tire because he was told they use to have a sign up at the City Limit of Goldthwaite that said something like “No Blacks after Sundown”, and he was fearful to stop because of the towns reputation even though there was no sign now.

The descendant of a former resident recalls hearing there was a sign that was removed by the 1960s.