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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Fulton County


Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Don’t Know
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Don’t Know

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860 9,413 6
1870 16
1880 23
1890 16,746 21
1900 17,453 26
1910 16,879 6
1920 16,478 15
1930 15,038 34
1950 16,565 9
1960 16,957 39
1990 18,555 151
2000 20,551 156

Method of Exclusion

  • Threat of Violence

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


%u201CA Black History of Fulton County%u201D was
published in The Rochester Sentinel.
See also: Shirley Willard, “Blacks History in Fulton
County Began in 1832,” Rochester: Fulton County
Historical Society, n.d., unpaginated.
A black man who fought in the Civil War lived in
Rochester, and other former soldiers provided his
funeral and headstone in 1905. At the time there were
only three families of blacks living in Rochester, and
another single black man.
The KKK membership in Fulton County was
Blacks visiting Rochester were not allowed in
hotels or restaurants, including the famed Harlem
Globe Trotters in 1945.
An Indiana resident remembered Rochester as a
sundown town, and that even in the 1980s, blacks
lived outside the city limits.
It is not clear whether Rochester was sundown;
perhaps not quite.