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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.

Monticello

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?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably

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 2612 2
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000 5138 4
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Threat of Violence
  • Violence Towards Newcomers
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

Many town residents have confirmed that the town was indeed sundown, and there were window signs up that were intended more to “ease whites.”