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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?Surely
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
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
19305,96620
1940
19509,66853
19609,94713
197010,63914
1980
199018,54017
200022,01731

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Method of Exclusion
Private Bad Behavior

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
A woman from Lincoln, NE, attending her high school reunion at Paragould High School, asked how the town was still all white. She was told, "oh, we have a committee that takes care of that." Paragould High School has four blacks of 770 students. They are all from one family; a white school secretary thinks one parent may be white. "I see more and more of that. My youngest daughter, seems like that's all she wants!" "We're thinking of going to the Arkansas State Fair this year, and a friend told us to take a pistol. It's in a black neighborhood." There are no problems when Paragould plays teams with black members. The few blacks in the HS play the role of athlete or clowns, she says. A hotel owner in Paragould says that in 1983, a restaurant across the street from his hotel locked out 2 black Union Pacific employees. Police officers accused the men of trying to break in. "The white boys in the restaurant were cracking up over it... the black guys were so scared," he says. When told the NE woman's story, the hotel owner says "They don't need a committee. If black people come in, they will find that they're not welcome here." Some residents think that the sundown policies of Paragould are preventing the town from growing. "If this thing [racism] goes out of here, Paragould will grow rapidly," said one man.
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