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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Jamestown

Tennessee

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Cumberlands
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?
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 1230 0
1950 2115 0
1960 1727 2
1970
1980
1990 1862 0
2000 1839 13
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

According to a local professor, supposedly a sign at the entry to the town warned blacks not to let the sun set with them there. “Most of what I know of Jamestown has come via oral tradition. One of the interviews in the Folklife Collection at WSU, Ralph Maddux, white, of Granville, located in Jackson County, tape recorded on June 3, 1991, expresses what he actually saw.”