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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

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Comments
I went to high school in a town in Arkansas called Mount Ida. There are absolutely NO blacks in the town. No blacks in the elementary or high school. The closest to a black kid is a boy of mixed blood, but he had a white mom and white step dad." -college sophomore, former resident of Mount Ida When a local man considered building a sawmill, "leaders in Mount Ida... reacted as had the leaders of Amity, years before: no sawmill, no blacks." White farmers also warned the railroad contractor not to use a crew of blacks on the railroad grade, so they left. Blacks hired to straighten rails, etc., were forced to leave before finishing their job, c. 1923-31. "'They would not allow black people in Montgomery County,' one old resident recalls."
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