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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.

Corydon

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?
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 2009 38
1940 1865 13
1950 1944 20
1960 2701 21
1970 2719 25 5
1980
1990 2661 36
2000 2715 31 3 11
2010 3122 22 5 6
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

According to Jack Temple Kirby, in Rural Worlds Lost [(Baton Rouge: U LA P, 1987), 235, n.7],
Harrison county, in southern Indiana, illustrates “middle western exclusionism in the twentieth century. Before WWII whites … prohibited blacks from living in town.” Kirby based those sentences on information from informal interviews with elderly citizens of the town back then.