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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Iowa Park

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?
Don’t Know

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
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Method of Exclusion

  • Threat of Violence

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

“I lived in Iowa Park, Texas, during the mid to late
80s. At the time no African American had attended
the high school. While living there an African American
family moved in and they were basically ran out of
town. The family received many death threats, because
of this they chose to move. On the edge of town was a
sign that said, N@%! don’t let the sun go down… I have
no pictures of the sign, I just remember seeing it. My
class was the first class to have an African American
person to have ever attended the school district. I
believe she was the first to have ever graduated from
Iowa Park High School. (I moved and did not graduate
high school from Iowa Park.) I remember hearing some
of the information from my father. He was the Baptist
minister. I think he worked towards having the sign
removed.”