- Type of Place
- Independent City or Town
- 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?
- Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People
Method of Exclusion
- Private Bad Behavior
Main Ethnic Group(s)
A woman from Lincoln, NE, attending her high
school reunion at Paragould High School, asked how
the town was still all white. She was told, “oh, we have
a committee that takes care of that.”
Paragould High School has four blacks of 770
students. They are all from one family; a white school
secretary thinks one parent may be white. “I see more
and more of that. My youngest daughter, seems like
that’s all she wants!”
“We’re thinking of going to the Arkansas State Fair
this year, and a friend told us to take a pistol. It’s in a
There are no problems when Paragould plays teams
with black members. The few blacks in the HS play the
role of athlete or clowns, she says.
A hotel owner in Paragould says that in 1983, a
restaurant across the street from his hotel locked out
2 black Union Pacific employees. Police officers
accused the men of trying to break in. “The white boys
in the restaurant were cracking up over it… the black
guys were so scared,” he says.
When told the NE woman’s story, the hotel owner
says “They don’t need a committee. If black people
come in, they will find that they’re not welcome here.”
Some residents think that the sundown policies of
Paragould are preventing the town from growing. “If
this thing [racism] goes out of here, Paragould will
grow rapidly,” said one man.