Sheridan, Arkansas

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Sheridan is the largest city and county seat in Grant County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 3,872 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area. [1].



During the 1920s and 1930s, a Missionary Baptist College operated in Sheridan. The institution closed in 1934. The Missionary Baptist Seminary then opened in Little Rock. Among those who attended Missionary Baptist College was the clergyman A. T. Powers, who served as president of the American Baptist Convention from 1957-1959.[2]

In the 1950s, Sheridan instituted a segregation policy which forced African-Americans to vacate the city limits.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,872 people, 1,509 households, and 1,050 families residing in the city. The population density was 978.8 people per square mile (377.5/km²). There were 1,685 housing units at an average density of 426.0/sq mi (164.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.34% White, 0.96% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Sheridan became a sundown town in 1955, in direct response to the 1954 Brown versus Board of Education judgment. It remained a sundown town for several decades thereafter.[5]

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