Home » Indiana » Greensburg

James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Greensburg

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?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
1906
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 3478 117
1900 5034
1910 5420 71
1920 5345 25
1930 5702 8
1940
1950
1960 6605 3
1970 8620 2
1980 9254 0
1990 9286 8
2000 8 2
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Greensburg is county seat of Decatur County, which had 156 blacks in 1850, 24 in 1860, 87 in 1870, 235 in 1880, 164 in 1890, 133 in 1900, 89 in 1910, 51 in 1920, just 10 in 1930, and 5 by 1950 and 3 females in 1960. In 2000, just three black households in the entire county, total of 12 blacks.
Greensburg had anti-black riot, 1906. “In Greensburg, IN, when a Negro half-wit was convicted for criminally assaulting his employer, a white mob did not succeed in taking him from the authorities, but they did destroy property, beat Negroes, and drive some from the city.” (Peter M. Bergman and Mort N. Bergman, The Chronological History of the Negro in America (NY: Mentor, 1969), 347.)
1906 Greensburg, Indiana, race riot, the first of many (see http://americanhistory.si.edu/timeline/07sitin.htm)
See also, James L. Harrison, A Brief History of the Growth and Development of Greensburg, Indiana, 1822 1968, A. M. thesis, Butler University, 1972.