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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Bradley

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Unlikely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
0
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 3048 9
1940
1950
1960
1970 9881 7
1980
1990 10792 32
2000 12784 157
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

Near Kankakee, “very white racist; segregated busing,” acc. to U of I students, 10/2000.

As of the census of 2000, The racial makeup of the village was 95.62% White, 1.23% African American.

According to a resident who grew up in Bourbonnais, IL. from 1953-1961: “In that period Bradley was not a “sundown” town, and there was a predominantly Black neighborhood that straddled the line from Bradley to Kankakee.”