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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Martinsville

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
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
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990 1161
2000 1225 1217 0
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Newspaper article, August c.19, 1924, “Ku Klu [sic] Klan Plan Big Demonstration.” Friday, August 22nd, has been designated as ‘Klan Day’ at the Martinsville fair this year under the auspices of the Casey and Marshall Klans. From the announcements and advertisements we learn that they are planning to stage the biggest gathering of Klansmen, Klanswomen, and Junior Klansmen ever staged in this part of the state. And as we know that a Klan gathering draws spectators like jam draws flies, we can expect that Martinsville on that date will witness the largest gathering of people ever assembled in Clark county