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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Campbellsburg

Indiana

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 558 0
1940 608 0
1950
1960 612 0
1970 678 0
1980
1990
2000
2010 585 1 2 0
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion
  • Threat of Violence

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Campbellsburg is located in Washington County, which is infamous for having driven out its black population in the late nineteenth century. The legacy continued in the 20th century, as Campbellsburg’s population did not indicate any black residents in the twenetieth century either.
Here is an overview of the county’s decline of the black population:
1870 %u2013 15
1880 %u2013 3
1890 %u2013 9
1900 %u2013 5
1910 %u2013 8
1920 %u2013 1
Whereas there were 10 black households in 1870, there were none from 1880 to 1920.