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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Carlinville

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?
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 53
1900 3502 49
1910 3616 51
1920 5212 8
1930 4144 6
1940 5
1950 5116 2
1960 5440 16 1
1970
1980
1990 5416
2000 5685 5515 85
2010 5917 5707 89 14
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

In 1879, the black school was abolished, which led to bad feelings from whites who did not want blacks in the white schools. -WPA Writer’s Project

Blackburn college in Carlinville accepted its first black student in 1950. This was perhaps the cause of the increase in the African American population.

One resident suggested in 2012 that most of the African American population today is attributable to the college, which the resident says recruits many African Americans for athletics. -email, Summer 2012

Though the town does seem to have a substantial African American population now, it seems as though this could be entirely attributable to the college. All of the 89 African Americans in Carlinville in 2010 were between the ages of 18 and 24.