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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.



Basic Information

Type of Place
Metro Area
W. Chicago
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
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
1890 1050 0
1900 1728 0
1920 4595 5
1930 14055 13
1940 15458 8
1950 21273 16
1960 36991 18
1970 50547 170
1990 42029 40307 175
2000 42762 400

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded


In DuPage County. Possible entire county was sundown.

Elmhurst is home to Elmhurst College. A former student recalled, “When I attended Elmhurst College in that county the school was allowed to have four ‘negro’ students, but they had to be members of the school’s sponsoring church denomination. It wasn’t the law that I know of, but it was a firm ‘understanding.’ Happily things have changed a great deal.”
He further explained that while he was a student there between 1951 & 1955 he learned from one of the few black students that “there was an agreed upon cap on the number of blacks allowed on campus. We only had four in a school of 700 as I remember it.” A Dean told him “‘yes’ there was an understanding that there would be a set number allowed. He indicated that the agreement was made with community leaders.”