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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.

Bellwood

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Suburb
Metro Area
W. Chicago
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
1970
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 0
1930 4991 0
1940 5220 0
1950 8746 1
1960 20729 1
1970 22096 141
1980
1990 20241 4817 14352
2000 20535 1197 16783
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Zoning
  • Realtors

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

The 1970s brought racial change to the community — and involvement in a U.S. Supreme Court case. In 1975 the village of Bellwood filed a lawsuit accusing a local real estate firm of racial steering. Four years later a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court granted municipalities the legal right to use testers and to sue when discrimination occurred. During this time Bellwood’s population changed from 1.1% black in 1970 to 35% black in 1980 to 70% black in 1990.