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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Braidwood

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?
Sign?
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 2325 30 5 10
1980
1990
2000 5203 14
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Threat of Violence
  • Police or Other Official Action

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

Braidwood city has a long mining history that has played strongly into its racial history. The town never specifically excluded blacks, but socially, they were forced out during strikes, and the National Guard was even called in to move them out. In periods where Braidwood has had a relatively high black population they usually lived all together in specific parts of town.

Now the town’s mining industry is no longer a main industry and this has changed the city’s demographics. The city has a black population that has geographic tendancies, but the city is no longer classified as a Sundown Town.