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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?Probable
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Still Sundown?

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Comments
email November 2007:


I grew up in Mount Ida, Arkansas. It is the county seat of Montgomery county. It has been over 99% white for as long as I can remember ( I am in my 40s). When I was a child I heard some people bragging because the area was all - white. They said a family of blacks had tried to move in once, but some people had made sure they changed their minds overnight. They loaded up and left the next day. I asked why and was told because they were "niggers".

I remember an incident in the 1980s. A frightened lady that lived between Mt. Ida and Hot Springs called the police to investigate something suspicious. A white man and a black man had come to her house together. When the police got to the area and checked, it was two of Jehovah's Witnesses from Hot Springs making visits on people in that area. The police had to go back to the woman's house and let her know everything was safe!

People still keep an eye out on non-whites that stop in the county for gas while passing through. I do know of one resident that was black in the 1990s. He was an adopted child of a white couple "who had gotten desperate for a baby". His name is Jimmy Laird. I'm not sure where he lives now. I know some "kind" people were worried that he wouldn't have any of his "kind" to marry.
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