- Type of Place
- Metro Area
- Politics c. 1860?
- Unions, Organized Labor?
Sundown Town Status
- Sundown Town in the Past?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Don't Know
- Don’t Know
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Don’t Know
Method of Exclusion
Main Ethnic Group(s)
Census figures show that Mitchell County’s black
population dropped significantly between 1900 and
1920 and again between 1920 and 1920. The black
population also failed to grow between 1920 and
1930 while the white population grew by over 2,000
In 1923, blacks were brought in to build roads and
work in mines. After a white woman was raped by an
escaped black convict, a white mob in Mitchell County
drove out the black population.
“[My mother] thought there was a good chance a good
part of the county, if not the whole county, has some
sun down traditions… She has heard some stories of
intimidation in the area. A local told her of a black
who moved to the area and disappeared. A black
couple moved into the Burnsville area and left after
some time, but they told my mother it was because
they were nasty and people didn’t like them. There are
definitely people with the attitudes and ways of
thinking that blacks should not live with whites. When
she’s attended churches, some have by laws against
‘mixed race’ marriages. Even at the shelter where she
helps, women expressed that they didn’t want blacks
-posted to the web, 2005