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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
Year of Greatest Interest
Was there an ordinance?Don't Know
Sign?Don't Know
Still Sundown?Probably

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
19301,8850
19402,0340
19502,5582
19602,7761
19703,0870
1980
19903,7773
2000

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Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
Piggott's 3 black residents as of 1990 were all children. "Our railroad depot had separate waiting rooms and bathrooms and when I was a child (born 1923) the colored didn't try to go into a restaurant in Piggott. My dad told of going in to buy food for a family caught here in traveling thru or some working on a road crew. We lived north of town by the railroad and had a lot of bums come to door for food. Mother always found something for them. We had a peach orchard and men came with trucks and occasionally they had black help. But the colored were seldom seen in Clay County. I don't know if it was the influence of the early Klan or the lack of industry that caused that. I've gone over the minutes of the city up past the 30's and have found no ordinances to that effect. Even in the late fifties, someone invited a railroad crew to come to our church on Sunday, and there was an uproar with people saying they would walk out if they came. Extra policemen were on hand to quell upsets. They didn't come. "I hope it will get better and I think it has some. We have two black children in our church now with a white mother. who grew up in this community. She married while in college. They were accepted pretty well up until teen age. I know it has been hard on them. One is now in college. I think some colored are working here in a factory, driving from Kennett, Mo. but we still don't see many. So I guess we were a sun down town. It's not a subject you bring up." -resident of Piggott
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