Home » Illinois » Mahomet

James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Mahomet

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

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 3103
2000 4877 4788 7
2010 7258 42
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Private Bad Behavior
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

There are a large number of present/former residents of Mahomet that state that the town did have a sundown law.

email 3/2008
An interracial girl was Prom Queen for Mahomet Seymour 1991 and also Homecoming Queen 1991.

Several basketball players from Franklin Middle School in Champaign claimed they were called “the n-word” by Mahomet’s 7th grade coach in a game in the early 2000s.

A black woman hired by a vacuum cleaner sales company to sell vacuum cleaners door-to-door was warned by the company to be out of Mahomet by dark. Probably this was in the 1970s.