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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.



Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Don’t Know
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
1890 4,459 1
1930 9,570 4
1940 9855 1
1950 10425 3
1970 9990 1
1980 10199 6
1990 10,104 21
2000 10,000 21
2010 10355 53 61 106

Method of Exclusion

  • Other

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


A black family attempting to move into Cadillac in the
1970s could not secure a loan.

“I talked with my Mom and sister this past weekend and [my mother] can remember no blacks living in
Cadillac all the time she was growing up. Said we did have the whistle but we always called it the water
whistle… never knew that it had any other reference.
“She doesn’t remember any black persons working in the wealthy homes but [that was] not our social class, so there could have been.
“My sister couldn’t remember the name of the [black] student that moved into Cadillac during her high school years but it would have been in the early 70s.
[The student’s] father was going to run the Hoxeyville Detention ‘Farm’ for troubled juveniles. He wanted to
live in the ‘big’ city so his kids would have a better education; Hoxeyville was a ‘blinker light’ village.
They were able to rent when the family first came into town, but when they wanted to buy, they were refused
loans and left after that first year. I don’t know for sure what the reasons were, but it seems that they
knew they were not welcome in Cadillac.”
-posted to the web, 2005

October 2007
The National Socialist Movement has a chapter in this town. Dan Carlson is one of the leaders. The have been recruiting on and off at Central Michigan University over the past few years.


“Another example occurred this past spring when NSM members cleaned up a local park in Cadillac, Michigan, and received a certificate of appreciation from the mayor of the town.”