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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.

Graham County

North Carolina

Basic Information

Type of Place
County
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
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
1860
1870
1880
1890 3,313 25
1900 4,343 26
1910
1920 4,872 5
1930 5,841 1
1940
1950
1960 6,432 0
1970
1980
1990 7,196 23
2000 7,993 15
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Rainbow Family, an organization of hippies and neo-
hippies that holds annual camping festivals in
different locations, met in Graham County, NC, in
1987. One of the campers reported that they saw
signs reading “Nigger don’t let the sun set on you here
in Graham County”. The Rainbow gatherings are
interracial, so some campers took the signs down.

Rainbow Family sued in federal court, arguing that
federal marshalls were restricting their access to the
national park in Graham County. During the hearing, a
federal marshall stated “I congratulate you for finally
bringing some black people into Graham County. You
have a few of them sleeping in your camp, and that’s
probably more than ever slept in Graham County
before.”