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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Ashley

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990 583
2000 613 602 1
2010 536 5 1
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Other

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

They all seemed to have the same kind of law: that you could come to town but couldn’t stay past 5PM (Local genealogist, 2004)

A local resident in 1960s said restaurants would only serve blacks at the curbside.

Someone who grew up in the 50’s on a farm outside of Ashley said via email his father told him the following stories:

“… an African American reserved a room, or attempted to reserve a room at a motel in Ashley, IL… My dad said that someone, perhaps the mayor or other influential town leaders, ‘ran (the African American) out of town.'”

“Another story he told me later, perhaps late 1960s was that an African American was dragged through the fields near my dad’s fields. The African American died and the killers were never found.”