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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Scott County


Basic Information

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?
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
1890 12,653 31
1900 13,183 102
1910 14,302 22
1920 13,232 10
1930 11,803 13
1940 13,300 454
1950 10,057 131
1960 7,297 2
1990 10,205 1
2000 10,996 25 6

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


“There are 14 Negroes in Scott County. They are
prosperous and happy, but we are not needing more.”

“As the mill [in Forester, Scott County] neared
completion, word spread that Rosborough planned to
bring black people to Forester. There were no blacks
living in Scott County, and some of the farmers along
the Fourche began to circulate threats. Rosborough
was ready; he already had his fence around the
Quarters and he had hired a white man from
Glenwood to look after security.” Beulah Norwood, one
of the first two blacks there, went fishing one day. “A
white lady was settin there fishing. I says, ‘How you
doin’? Catchin’ anything?’ That white lady took off a-
runnin’. Throwed her pole in the water. I never did see
her on that branch again.”

A back flap of a 1913 map of Arkansas advertised real estate for sale in Scott County that had a statement that the county has %u201Cno negroes.%u201D
Courtesy of Wanda M. Gray