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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.

Florence

Oregon

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?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
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 2246 0
1980
1990 4762 4 1
2000 7263 6964 20 40 67 172
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black
  • Asian

Comments

A Florence native write, %u201CI began to think about my own town. Our population has always consisted of White people. It wasn%u2019t until my senior year in high school (2000-2001) that we had a Hispanic student and an African American student in the school. We also had one of those big sirens in the middle of town. I was told it went off when there was a fire and it did when I was very young. I called my mom and she confirmed that yes, Florence was a sundown town and still existed to be one until sometime in the 1980’s (when I was already born). Wow! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!. I was so shocked to find out that this kind of thing happened in my home town.”