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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.

Manhattan

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Suburb
Metro Area
S. Chicago
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
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 2,059 2,041 0 0
2000 3,330 3,237 7 3
2010 7051 79 22
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

According to a former resident of Manhattan, “When I lived there, I was told that there used to be signs at the edges of town to the effect of, “Don’t let the sun go down…” I can offer no documentation or other substantiation other than this simple recollection of hearsay, but I did hear that from multiple sources.”