- Type of Place
- Independent City or Town
- Metro Area
- Politics c. 1860?
- Unions, Organized Labor?
Sundown Town Status
- Confirmed Sundown Town?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Don't Know
- Don’t Know
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
- Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People
Method of Exclusion
Main Ethnic Group(s)
I looked at the 1940 Illinois census info available online, but did
not see stats for Dupo – it was too small. I found a 1930 census list
for Dupo online – with the names of everyone who lived in town, but no
racial data. The family names were mostly German, with a few Irish,
French, and Anglo-Saxon names in the mix.
When I was going to high school in Dupo, there were a handful of
African American students, but they were all from East Carondolet
(which was “only” 92.5% white as of 2000) or North Dupo (counted as
part of Cahokia in the 2000 census), not Dupo proper. I was aware of
one black family that moved into a rural Dupo home (on Old Cement
Hollow Road – I can visualize where it is, but I do not know the
address) in the 1980s, only to be run out by a cross burning. It
seems likely that Dupo could be added to your list of sundown towns.
If I have time to do some more digging, I’ll be sure to pass along
whatever I find. Thanks for your insightful work.
In case you want to add it to your database, I did a quick census
search on Dupo, IL:
total population 3,933
total population 3,164
total population 2,979
all white (4 of Hispanic origin)
total population 2,842
total population 2,937
[I saw nativity but not racial stats.]
total population 2,239