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Basic Information
Type of PlaceCounty
Metro Area?County
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Probable
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Don't Know

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
189012,807553
190015,221536
1910343
192011,27856
193013,96256
1940
1950
196013,90638
1970
1980
199014,43323
200015,68734

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Main Ethnic Group(s).
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Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
Census figures show that Mitchell County's black population dropped significantly between 1900 and 1920 and again between 1920 and 1920. The black population also failed to grow between 1920 and 1930 while the white population grew by over 2,000 people. In 1923, blacks were brought in to build roads and work in mines. After a white woman was raped by an escaped black convict, a white mob in Mitchell County drove out the black population. "[My mother] thought there was a good chance a good part of the county, if not the whole county, has some sun down traditions... She has heard some stories of intimidation in the area. A local told her of a black who moved to the area and disappeared. A black couple moved into the Burnsville area and left after some time, but they told my mother it was because they were nasty and people didn't like them. There are definitely people with the attitudes and ways of thinking that blacks should not live with whites. When she's attended churches, some have by laws against 'mixed race' marriages. Even at the shelter where she helps, women expressed that they didn't want blacks living there." -posted to the web, 2005
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