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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.

La Grande

Oregon

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably Not, Although Still Very Few Black People

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 12327 11454 84 155 96 172
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Private Bad Behavior

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Michael W. Homel, Unlocking City Hall (Malabar, FL: Krieger, 2001) writes about the defensive construction of an exclusionary community by the Ku Klux Klan in small-town La Grande, Oregon (pp. 106-07). These pages cite David A. Horowitz, “Order, Solidarity, and Vigilance: The Ku Klux Klan in La Grande, OR,” in Shawn Lay, ed., The Invisible Empire in the West (U of IL P, 1992), 185-215. La Grande had 15 blacks, c. 1920.
In 1922, Prohibition raid results in 5 arrests in the black district. April 1923, arrest and conviction of bootlegger Dee Rogers. 8/19/23, Pearl Fagin arrested for keeping a whorehouse (David A. Horowitz, Inside the Klavern (Carbondale: SIU Press, 1999), 9.). Also, the Klan governor Walter Pierce lived in La Grande.