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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Elmwood Park

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
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
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Method of Exclusion

  • Violence Towards Newcomers

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Italian

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

According to one source: Elmwood Park, Illinois is a suburb that borders Chicago’s westside and primarily Italian American. Years ago, (late 1990’s or early 2000) a young African American woman had a short lived experience in the area when she moved there. Her automobile was repeatedly vandalized and other tactics was used to let her know she needed to leave…She did! When I seen (sic) the report on a news broadcast I was really shocked.

One resident recalled in an interview, Elmwood Park “Has had a reputation of not wanting to change. We’ve had some problems…Some people are less receptive of a biracial couple than of an African American couple.”

According to one student from the University of Illinois at Chicago, cars belonging to blacks were trashed; crosses were burned when black families tried to move in.