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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.

Dwight

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?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

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 3841 54
1980
1990 4230 41 0
2000 4363 40 5
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

In Oct of 2003, a former EMT from Dwight, IL, stated that it was a sundown town. She stated that in 1982, police used “NCIC” as shorthand for “New Coon In County,” whom they then visited and harassed. EMT remarked that she witnessed officers put out a “NCIC” call.

Census information is quite misleading. Dwight is home to the Dwight Correctional Facility and this artificially inflates their black population in the census data.