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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.

Long Beach


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

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
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
1950 1103 3
1960 2007 4
1970 2740 1
1990 2044 2
2000 1559 16
2010 1179 17 13 4

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


A former Long Beach resident writes,
“Long Beach, at least in the 1950s and 60s, didn’t have signs, for sure, but it was quite clear that even the few blacks who were professionals and had the economic means didn’t live there. There wasn’t a single one. Since then, there have been a few.
LaPorte, 15 miles south of Long Beach and Michigan City, is and has been fairly white. Very few minorities. More of them reside in a former WWII era munitions plant factory town called Kingsford Heights, about 15 south.
I’ve know a number of people from the Chesterton and Valparaiso areas over the years, and you bet that county is quite white. It wasn’t until the early 90s that Valparaiso High School, a perennial power in basketball (the smart white player variety) started to have a black player, usually just one.”

A Long Beach resident had to sign a statement when he bought his home in Long Beach, that he would not sell it except to a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant, even though his wife was Catholic.