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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
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Group(s) Excluded
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Comments
"Etowah was always totally white. As a teenager (1960), I presumed that was because the farms, although some holdings were substantial, were family run and not plantations. I grew up in the 50's and 60's and heard people comment about integration (usually negatively) on a daily basis, but I don't recall any talk of any Red Line or ban. I do recall my father coming in one day very upset because he had come upon an automobile accident near West Ridge. The passengers were all African Americans, and they were seriously hurt. Until he arrived, other people who had stopped (all white) were not attempting to help or assist the injured. I overheard him tell my mother that he said, 'Come on boys, these people need help!' as he tried to help get the injured out of the car and to a hospital. People then did reluctantly help them. My father was and is prejudiced, but he was so ashamed and disappointed by the on lookers lack of compassion." -former Etowah resident
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