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Basic Information
Type of PlaceCounty
Metro Area?County
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?Don't Know

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
18903,31325
19004,34326
1910
19204,8725
19305,8411
1940
1950
19606,4320
1970
1980
19907,19623
20007,99315

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

Comments
Rainbow Family, an organization of hippies and neo- hippies that holds annual camping festivals in different locations, met in Graham County, NC, in 1987. One of the campers reported that they saw signs reading "Nigger don't let the sun set on you here in Graham County". The Rainbow gatherings are interracial, so some campers took the signs down. Rainbow Family sued in federal court, arguing that federal marshalls were restricting their access to the national park in Graham County. During the hearing, a federal marshall stated "I congratulate you for finally bringing some black people into Graham County. You have a few of them sleeping in your camp, and that's probably more than ever slept in Graham County before."
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