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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.

Bethany

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
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
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990 1369
2000 1287 1274 1
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Other

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

A student in Bethany reported their teacher(s) using racial slurts. (Taken in 2005 from a student during the 1950s)

Having grown up in Bethany, I had often heard many of the locals mention Bethany being a ‘no Negro town’. I don’t remember the name of the persons who mentioned this, but I believe it was in 1956. (According to a local resident in 2005)