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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

Census Information
TotalWhiteBlackAsianNativeHispanicOtherBHshld
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19402136213501
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197097389705061017
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1990108440
20001144011135825593392131

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Method of Exclusion
Threat of Violence;Private Bad Behavior;Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s).
Unknown

Group(s) Excluded
Black

Comments
Vidor, a suburb of Beaumont, gained notoriety in the early 1990s when African Americans - the first in the town - moved into a local housing project. Ku Klux Klan demonstrations and threats from white residents cause the new black residents to flee. The federal Office of Housing and Urban Development got involved, and attempted to move more black families into the housing project. They were also threatened and also moved. "I can not speak to the present demographics of Vidor, but I have ALWAYS heard stories about how blacks were advised NOT to stop in Vidor for any reason." -posted to the web, 2000 A University of Texas - Houston undergraduate student witnessed a family of Asian Indians denied service at a McDonald's in Vidor in 1992 or 1993. They were told "We don't serve your kind; there's a bus station down that way." "Among both Whites and people of color, Vidor remains a well known bastion of bigots. C.R., an Euro- American who grew up in Beaumont, but now resides in College Station, says that she was not surprised when on a business trip to Louisiana, her African American and Latino colleagues did not want to stop in Vidor for gas. R.H., an African American, delivered the mail in Vidor for a short time. He was continually taunted by Vidor residents, threatened with physical violence, and refused service in a local convenience store because of his ethnicity." -from the Summer 1998 issue of the Touchstone, Texas A&M University Many residents of Vidor or near by towns had heard of or seen a sundown sign. It appears to have been taken down sometime in the 1970s or early 1980s.
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