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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?Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Still Sundown?Probably

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Comments
"My parents have a cabin in Hardy, Arkansas, on the Spring River. My mother has asked me to look into something she heard from a neighbor - that Hardy used to have a large billboard in its downtown proclaiming its sundown law. I haven't come across any confirmation of this yet. But Hardy remains an uncomfortable place for minorities, something our multiracial family experiences subtly. There are white supremacy militia groups active in the vicinity, and every weekend the river is crowded with drunk white out of towners. There are very few non white residents of the town. The tourist shops carry Confederate memorabilia and watermelon slave caricatures. We are always very careful and very very polite. "In 2001, one of the few black out of towners drowned. He was standing in shallow water, shouting recommendations to canoeists as they navigated the falls. Reports are that he was drunk and didn't know how to swim. He was surrounded by many other people who were drinking. I don't know whether bystanders' racism, conscious or unconscious, played any role in his drowning. His death didn't get more than a mention in the paper."
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