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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.

Irving

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?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

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
1950 2621 0
1960
1970 97260 95805 934 109 242 170
1980
1990 155037 11653
2000 191615 123019 19583 16032 1244 59838 31737 8486
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

“We talked [circa 1986] as I recall, about the ‘good
ol’ days’ [circa 1950] and he further reminisced that
Irving was a very ‘white’ town. He said in fact, there
used to be a sign at the edge of town that said,
‘Niggers be out of town by sundown.’ He went on
further to say that ‘they’ weren’t even allowed in the
town at night.”