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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.

Gillespie

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
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 5599 1
1940
1950 4105 1
1960
1970 3457 0
1980
1990 3645 1
2000 3412 3363 11 3
2010 3319 5* 0
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

A man saw “a sign on the edge of Gillespie stating there were to be no ‘niggers’ in the town. The sign was said to be there in the late 1950s or early 1960s. He also said even after the sign was removed, it was still an unwritten rule that black people entering this town would not be tolerated, day or night.

All of the African Americans in this year were children/ probably adopted by white families.