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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.

Berwyn

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
We Have Data on How it Changed

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 52502 52317 8
1980
1990
2000
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion
  • Threat of Violence
  • Violence Towards Newcomers
  • Police or Other Official Action
  • Private Bad Behavior
  • Realtors
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Berwyn was a part of Cicero but separated in 1901 to become and independent township.
Berwyn, like Cicero, has “a strong KKK group.” Wall St. J. c. 1991 had story of black family who moved to Berwyn. They left a week after the story came out.
Berwyn HS is about 50% Hispanic but until recently Berwyn was still anti-black.
At one point some people considered Berwyn better or more prestigous than Oak Park, though its schools weren’t. Now Berwyn is less prestigious than Oak Park, has lost prestige as racist compared to Oak Park.
After c.1997, blacks have been able to move into Berwyn without difficulty, I think.