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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.

Bedford

Indiana

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
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 6,115
1910 8,716 74
1920 9076 55
1930 13,208 101
1940 12,514 76
1950 12,562 54
1960 13,024 47
1970 13,087 68
1980 14,410 64
1990 13,817 13,665 60 24
2000 13,768 13,337 109 39
2010 13,413 106 43
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Email 11/2007:

I had heard of sundown towns before (an older co-worker at Shoney’s, when I was in high school, told me about Bedford, IN having an actual sign at the edge of town regarding the policy back in the day) but I’ve never heard anyone claim them to be so prevalent as you do.

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10/2013
Loewen talked with members of the Bedford Historical Society who did not think that it had been a sundown town and did not remember a sign.