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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Soddy-Daisy

Tennessee

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Cumberlands
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Year of Greatest Interest
1897
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
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960 1508 1
1970
1980
1990
2000 11530 69
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Testimony of a TN resident:
“I’m from Nashville, Tn. According to local stories, there was a sign in Soddy Daisy, an East Tennessee town that said, “Niggers’ fun, look and run.”
I know about Soddy Daisy because the town is right outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. My grandmother’s sister lived in Chattanooga and her mother (my great grandmother) went to visit at least once a year. As for the story, I heard it from my mother and my grandmother. I have no idea who they got it from… Still, I’ve heard my grandmother call West Tennessee “Lynch A Nigger A Night” Country.”

Charles Brown lynched, Soddy-Daisy, TN, February 26 1897.