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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Havana

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?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably

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
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000 35777 5
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

According to a former resident – who condones the practice – Havana was a sundown town complete with signs.
According to another resident, who has lived in the county her entire life, more than 80 years, African Americans would not enter the town because local law enforcement would meet them at the county line and refuse their admission.
According to this same resident, there was a black couple on the southside of town next to a lake that was dubbed “Nigger Lake.” As time went on, the lake was drained, according to an email correspondent in 11,2007. The area changed to “Sand Lake” in about 1992.