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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.

Forest Park


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
1910 6594 0
1920 10768 0
1930 14555 1
1940 14840 0
1950 14969 4
1960 14452 6
1970 15472 5 1
1980 15177 636
1990 14918 11421 1942
2000 15688 8808 4892

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded


Apparently in the fairly recent past, “there were never any For Sale signs on the lawns of homes that were for sale. In fact, there were no notices in the
paper that a home was for sale in a Real Estate section. If you wanted to
buy a home in Forest Park, you went to a realtor to find what was available.
When we were young, a black family was buying a home there, and there was a
lot of talk about the “block-busters”. It was thought that a group was
buying the house for the purpose of integrating the town. After moving in,
their garage had graffiti sprayed on it, and later it was torched. The
family moved away, and that was the last thing we knew” -Long-term resident, email, 10/2012