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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Kane County

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
County
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
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

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Group(s) Excluded

Comments

“A 1993 study of suburban Chicago, for example, demonstrated the tenacity of segregation. Only 423 African Americans were among the 183,000 denizens of McHenry County. In Kane County, according to Lowell Culver, nearly 92% of the 19,000 black residents lived in two communities, Aurora and Elgin. And although African Americans comprised more than 10% of the population of Will County, three out of every four African Americans in the county lived in either Joliet, Bolingbrook, or University Park. Similar conditions exist in the Washington DC suburbs … and elsewhere.”

Kane County, 2000?: 404,119, 23,279 bl. Aurora, 15,817 bl. Elgin, 6,427 bl. They have 95.5% of Kane’s blacks in 2000.