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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Moulton

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?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Don’t Know

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
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Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Eastern European

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

“I live in Texas and I once bought a house in a small,
mostly Czech, town [Moulton]. After we signed the
papers, the previous owner (the town’s former mayor)
casually mentioned that of course, as he was sure we
knew, we weren’t ever to sell the house to ‘any of
them.’ The look he gave told me what he meant, but I
had already bought the place. I’m white and have a
Czech name, but I only lasted a couple of years there.
It turns out that, while I don’t know if there was any
official policy at any time, all black ‘residents’ were
confined to the outskirts of town just past the city
limits. Very rarely did a black child attend school
there, and black friends of mine in the town I live in
now (about 7 miles away) know very well about the
racial atmosphere in that town. One family of
Hispanics has managed to gain acceptance there and
has lived there for generations, but when you talk to
them or their friends, they’re quick to mention that
they’re ‘Spanish, not Mexican.'”