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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.

Highland Park

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
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

email November 2007:
2000 Census info%u2026 SEVEN blacks %u2013 probably all children adopted by white families. My wife was told by coworkers that there were no black property owners in Highland because whenever a minority family expressed interest, or wanted to make an offer on a house, that a wealthy member of the community would be tipped off, who would swoop down and buy the property before a person of color could close a deal.

When Wal-Mart was planning on building a new Supercenter in Highland, some locals voiced the concern that it would attract %u201Criff-raff%u201D to the area!

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According to NPR in 2000, there are 31,000 people, 1% black and Hispanic in Highland Park. Five white police officers filed suit against the department, charging that their careers were impeded because they refused to comply with the departments racial targeting of motorists, etc. More than 20 other white police officers filed affidavits supporting them.