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Basic Information
Type of PlaceIndependent City or Town
Metro Area?Independent City or Town
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Surely
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Blacks

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
19301,59083
19401,338168
19501,893199
19601,93827
19702,4801
1980
19903,0982
20003,872373

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Method of Exclusion
Private Bad Behavior;Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
"For years, black people wouldn't even stop in Sheridan for gas." The dominant economic force in Sheridan was the owner of the local mill. In the late 1950s, the mill owner made all of his black employees move out of town. "He just didn't care for blacks being in Sheridan. He wouldn't have them in school here. He had little shacks for them. He told them they could have the shacks and move them out, or he would burn them down." -elderly Sheridan resident While Sheridan has 37 black residents, 30 are adult males, indicating some type of institutional residence. Aside from this institution, there are 3 black households and 3 biracial children living in the town. According to a resident of Sheridan: "I am white and my husband is black. At the Wal-Mart in Sheridan, some customers will not let the black workers check them out. We don%u2019t trust daycare just because of what we are told. We stay to ourselves and don%u2019t eat out because we don%u2019t trust what they would do to the food. At a local restaurant before my husband was handed his food, we watched as the cook put a mop on his head and started saying slangs. That was the first and last time we went out to eat."
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