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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Batesville

Indiana

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

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

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 2838 0
1940 3065 0
1950
1960
1970 3799 0
1980
1990 4720 1
2000 6033 1 68 8 74 0
2010 6520 21 112 15
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

A former Batesville resident doesn’t recall an ordinance or law in Batesville prohibiting blacks, however, townspeople are still knowledge about behaviors. One man who grew up next to a lumber yard and would visit the black truckers who were delivering lumber. He said they always rushed to get unloaded and out of town before dark.
She also remembers as a girl hearing about a prominent family in town who employed black maids, chefs, chauffeurs for business functions. Those employees were told to never be on the streets at night.
Another person told her about a black maid/housekeeper who worked for that same family on a more permanent basis. She would only go outdoors to attend the earliest Mass at the local Catholic church. It was dark at that time of the morning a good part of the year.