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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.

Des Plaines

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?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

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 53,223 48,976 325 73
2000 58,720 49,586 594 196
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

The KKK was active in Des Plaines, with an apparent sundown policy as well. There was a KKK rally in the 1920’s.

A former resident remarked that during the 1920’s, KKK marches took place and blacks were ticketed unfairly until the early 1980’s.