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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Montague County

Texas

Basic Information

Type of Place
County
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
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 24
1880 47
1890 18863 87
1900 24800 25
1910
1920 22200 1
1930 19159 3
1940 20442 1
1950 17070 1
1960 14893 0
1970
1980
1990
2000 19117 18343 34 49 141 5
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Many people remember a sundown sign in Montague
County into the early 1960s. More research is needed.

A former resident remembers signs in the 1950s-1960s at the entrance of Montague County announcing, “Black man, don’t let the sun set on you in Montague County.” His parents also recall considerable violence in the 1920s and an expulsion occurred in Montague County afterwards.