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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.

Avon Lake


Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
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
1920 904
1930 1610 1
1940 2274 0
1950 4342 0 0
1960 9403 0
1970 12,261 5
1980 13222 22
1990 15,066 32
2000 17,994 82
2010 22581 248 27 283

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


testimony of a former resident: “I grew up in Avon Lake (born in 1975). During the time I was there, I can only recall 1 or 2 black families living there at any time (there may have been 1 or 2 black students in the school systems at any time), and they didn’t seem to stay for long. There was one black student in my elementary school in third grade, but his family moved out sometime during that same
year (don’t know why). A black family that moved in three streets from us in the mid 1980’s reportedly had a cross burned on
their lawn. They moved out shortly thereafter, but that was probably in part because the father had lost his job at the post-office around that time (my dad also worked in the post-office). There
weren’t any other race-related incidents that I can recall, but there weren’t really any targets available anyway.”

Although Avon Lake has enabled minority populations to settle in the city, a more recent testimony affirms a certain level of discomfort:
“Still even in 2004,when I had reason to go to Avon Lake on business with my father, I noticed the looks and,reactions we got from the business owners.”