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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.



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
1940 1000 0
1950 1014 0
1970 1260 0
1990 1529 8
2000 1816 4 6 5 9 12
2010 1899 5 2 4

Method of Exclusion

  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


[The movie “Hoosiers” was based on the “Cinderella story’ of the Milan basketball team]

Bruce Newman writes in “Back Home In Indiana,” Sports Illustrated (2/18/1985):

%u201CIn September 1984 Milan High enrolled the first black pupil in its history. There are no blacks on the Milan basketball team, and until this year there never had been any black faces cheering for Milan in the stands either. “They don’t come,’ says one resident, “and they wouldn’t be welcome if they did.’ There are still many places in the state where that’s true. Two-thirds of Indiana’s black population lives in just two of its 92 counties, and the starting fives on the last four state championship teams have been all-white. At the final four last year there wasn’t a single black player on any team.
For nearly 20 years, the only Indiana schools that would schedule games against Attucks’s basketball team were Gary’s Roosevelt High and Evansville’s Lincoln High, the state’s other all-black schools. The remainder of the Attucks schedule had to be filled out with games against black schools from as far away as St. Louis, Louisville and Dayton, Ohio. The Indiana High School Athletic Association did its part to perpetuate the state’s de facto segregation by barring the three black schools from the state tournament until 1943, seven years after Jesse Owens had won his four gold medals in front of the Nazis at the Berlin Olympics.%u201D