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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?Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Still Sundown?Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Blacks

Census Information
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Group(s) Excluded
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Comments
In approximately 1930, "the blacks lived in a small area near the mining camp about 5 miles out of town and there were no restrictions until a black man broke into the house of a prominent citizen of Nauvoo with the intention of harming his wife (or so the story goes) and after that blacks had to be out of town by 6 in the evening. There was a sign in the town that did say, 'Don't let the sun set on your heels in this town Nigger.' "I don't have any idea when the sign came down. I think I remember it in the early 50's but it must have come down with civil rights. I do remember very clearly that blacks were not allowed to eat in restaurants and had to eat at picnic tables out back. And of course the restrooms and water fountains were marked whites only. "My grandparents had a cotton farm and hired many black men and women to help picking and according to my 82 year old mother they were treated as equals on their farm and served dinner (noon meal) along with everyone else on the farm. She did say that churches and schools were definitely segregated, no surprise there." -former resident of Nauvoo
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