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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.

Hamilton County

Texas

Basic Information

Type of Place
County
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

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 17
1880 24
1890 9313 13
1900 13520 7
1910
1920 14676 10
1930 13523 0
1940 13303 13303 0 0
1950 10660 1
1960 8488 2
1970 7189 7181 1 1 2 13 0
1980
1990
2000 8299 7720 12 16 36 610 445 1
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

When Hamilton County expelled its black
population, two blacks were allowed to remain. “Very
few Negroes have ever lived in Hamilton county, hence
those who did live here were known by everyone. This
was especially true with ‘Uncle Alec’ and his sister,
‘Aunt Mourn.’ They were Gentry Negroes, and former
slaves of Capt. F. B. Gentry, who fought at San Jacinto
and is buried in the Graves-Gentry Cemetery in
Hamilton…’Uncle Alec’ and ‘Aunt Mourn’ lived to a ripe
old age in their own little log cabin at Gentry’s Mill.”

A professor of social studies education
saw sundown sign there in 1985.
%u2014conversation, 3/2010