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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Cobden

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Always Biracial
Was there an ordinance?
No
Sign?
No
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

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
1980
1990
2000 1116 1012 16 144
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

Cobden was willing to hire blacks during the Civil War.

“By the 20th century only one small rural black community, south of Makanda at Toppington, [N of Cobden] and a larger African American community in and close to Cobden (with its own school and church), existed in the county. By the 1950s all African American schools had too few pupils to be sustained, and the remaining black students went to the Cobden school.”