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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Crete

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
S. Chicago
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
0
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 4656 0
1980
1990
2000 7346 769
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Police or Other Official Action
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

As of the census of 2000 The racial makeup of the village was 86.46% White, 10.47% African American.

Eye witnesses stated that as recently as the 50’s, blacks were asked to leave the carnival at sundown everywhere by whites in the town.

Walt Harrington’s book “Crossings: A White Man’s Journey Into Black America” comments on racial history in Crete on page 444. He comments local white men would approach blacks near dark and that he knew of a police officer who once said that he would follow any car with black occupants just to make sure they left town without stopping anywhere.