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Kingman

Arizona

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

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
1960
1970
1980
1990 12722 11923 36 10
2000
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Email 1/2008

It was famously rumored of Kingman, Arizona that, until the 1960s or ’70s, a sign at the city limits proclaimed, “N*gger, don’t let the sun set on your ass in Kingman”. In the late 1970s there was one black family in the entire city. Now, in 2008, there are perhaps two to three dozen black residents in a city of 20,000.
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email 2/2008
The %u201CKingmanites%u201D I%u2019ve gotten to know well tell me there was a sign just on the outskirts of town that remained up until about 20 years ago. I don%u2019t know the exact verbiage, but it warned blacks not to let the sun set on them within the town limits.

Since working here in my 2nd year as an Elementary Counselor, I am now over the shock of hearing children use racist language, but no less disturbed by it. In fact, our principal told me that she just saw one of our white students at WalMart with his parents wearing a brand new jacket- on the back was a swastika and the words %u201CWhite Power%u201D.