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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.

Hamburg

New York

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
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Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

2011 Email:
“…many of the African American Buffalo Bills football players live in Hamburg. (Hamburg is minutes from the Bills’ stadium.) Two or three seasons ago, a Buffalo Bill named Leodis McKelvin (who is African American) fumbled late in a game with the New England Patriots, which led to a last minute defeat of the Bills. The next morning, McKelvin found his lawn (in Hamburg) spray-painted with a large picture of a man’s genitals. Perhaps, this wasn’t racially motivated, but I find it hard to believe otherwise. Additionally, I work at a college in Hamburg and have had many of my African-American students comment on the less than kindly treatment of the Hamburg police. Absolutely exasperating!”