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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.

Brookville

Indiana

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Don’t Know

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 2148 0
1940
1950 2538 2
1960 2596
1970 2864 0
1980 2874 0
1990 2529 1
2000 2652 1 9 5 14 0
2010 2596 9 2
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

An individual in the 1990s passed through Brookville and had heard that had been a sundown town in the past, with signs. Upon asking a resident in town, the person indicated that, “it indeed had been one.”

A resident of nearby Metamora stated that several black people have been run off in the past. He said there was a sign between New Trenton and Brookville that may have been taken down c.55 years ago. However, as he grew up people pointed out to him exactly where the sign had been and told him exactly what it said, ““Darkie don’t let the sun set on your head”.”