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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.

Kenilworth

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Suburb
Metro Area
N. Chicago
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
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
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000 2487 4 0
2010 2513 7 0
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

In 1964, Lilian Calhoun, Chicago Defender reporter and columnist, and her husband, were the first African Americans to purchase a home in Kenilworth, arguably the area’s most exclusive suburb. According to Lilian, a cross was burned in their yard once, but it did not deter her from living there for at least a decade.

According to a resident of Illinois, “It’s my understanding that Jews also were excluded from Kenilworth. In the 1960’s my mother told me that there were a few but we still don’t build synagogues there. And actually, there still are no synagogues there in 2010.”