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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.

Grove City


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

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
We Have Data on How it Changed

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1930 1546 8
1940 1787 5
1950 2339 5
1960 8107 1
1970 13,911 11 19
1990 19661 19,418 107
2000 26,744 418 60 163
2010 35575 997 65 455

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


Testimony of a former resident: “My wife grew up in a small farming community just Southwest of Columbus, OH. Grove City was all white, nice homes, paved streets, etc. Just North of Grove City was Urbancrest, all black, no paved streets, rundown homes. In the 50s and 60s the schools were integrated the Urbancrest kids were transported to the Grove City schools) but the two races did not mix socially in school.
Urbancrest has been assimilated into Grove City and Grove City and the farms then around it are all part of a Columbus bedroom community.”

Another testimony from a former resident:
“I was married to a former resident of Urbancrest and also lived there. The Grove City Police were not allowed to patrol inside of Urbancrest, only the Franklin County Sheriff was allowed to respond. I had also been followed by Grove City police for unknown reasons. The area is very small and the houses are still lacking. My son started kindergarten at a Grove City School and had friends until a parent teacher night. After that night he told me that his friends were not allowed to talk to him anymore. This was in the early 1990’s. I was very glad to move away from the area. Most people from the Columbus area know that Grove City is still a very prejudiced area and most Blacks in Columbus still avoid the area. It may not be spoken, but if you are black, you immediately feel uncomfortable and uneasy in any store or restaurant in the area.”