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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.

Evansville

Indiana

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Always Biracial
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
1903
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

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
2000 121582 13275
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Ralph E. Luker, in his book _The Social Gospel in Black and White_ relates that Evansville riot, 7/6/1903. Mob tried to get all 16 inmates of the jail, to lynch them all. 200 deputies and militia held them off, killed 10 mob members. The mob then attacked the black community, forced many of Evansville’s 8,000 blacks to flee to KY and IL. [This implies (a) that the militia and deputies did nothing to protect the black community, even though they were so numerous. (b) nearby towns offered no havens. (Chapel Hill: U. of NC Press, 1991, 222.)