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Basic Information
Type of PlaceIndependent City or Town
Metro Area?Independent City or Town
Politics c. 1860?Don't Know
Unions, Organized Labor?Don't Know

Sundown Town Status
Confirmed Sundown Town?Possible
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
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Method of Exclusion
Private Bad Behavior

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
Michael W. Homel, Unlocking City Hall (Malabar, FL: Krieger, 2001) writes about the defensive construction of an exclusionary community by the Ku Klux Klan in small-town La Grande, Oregon (pp. 106-07). These pages cite David A. Horowitz, "Order, Solidarity, and Vigilance: The Ku Klux Klan in La Grande, OR," in Shawn Lay, ed., The Invisible Empire in the West (U of IL P, 1992), 185-215. La Grande had 15 blacks, c. 1920. In 1922, Prohibition raid results in 5 arrests in the black district. April 1923, arrest and conviction of bootlegger Dee Rogers. 8/19/23, Pearl Fagin arrested for keeping a whorehouse (David A. Horowitz, Inside the Klavern (Carbondale: SIU Press, 1999), 9.). Also, the Klan governor Walter Pierce lived in La Grande.
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