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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.

Laurel

Indiana

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?
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 516 0
1940 533 0
1950
1960 848 0
1970 753 0 0
1980
1990
2000 579
2010 512 1 0 3
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

One resident of Franklin County who grew up in Laurel stated that he “heard many people talk and act negatively about African Americans.” This same individual shared the influence of the KKK distributing materials and brochures in the schools and invitations to cross burning events.

A long time Laurel resident (64 years old) said that, “Franklin County was horrible and very intolerant of blacks.” She also used to hear talk about Laurel being a sundown town, sometimes referred as ‘Sundowners’ or ‘Sundowner’s Law,’ however never saw signs in that area herself.