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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?Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Still Sundown?Don't Know

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
18700
1880
18906,577225
19008,401174
1910185
192013,224115
193011,568195
1940
1950
19608,38770
1970
1980
199011,268196
200012,968221

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

Comments
"I became keenly aware of prejudice at the age of twelve when I finally comprehended the meaning of a sign that stood at the county line. It read 'Nigger, Don't Let The Sun Set On Your Head In This County.'" -from Lucky Duck, The Memoirs of Donald Edward Rose The only area in Swain County that allows black residents is Charleston Township, which is the location of an instiutional residence of some sort (most of the black residents are males between 15 and 21).
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