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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?
Surely Not

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1950 3467 1
1970 2536 0
1980 5162 7
1990 5237 0
2000 5723 16

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


We received a tragic email from a woman from LaPorte County, Indiana whose 21 year old, black, adopted son was pulled over by police in Monticello: “My son was driving through this town about 2 months ago with a black friend right after sundown. He was coasting to slow down from the 55mph speed limit to 45mph when he saw the speed limit sign. He was stopped for driving 6 mph over the limit. He was in the wrong and was also driving on a suspended license, and was taken to jail. My son was charged with a misdemeanor. When his turn came to face the judge, he asked to speak to the prosecutor. What I heard was such a shock to me! The elderly prosecutor looked at my son, then at me, then at his papers and stated that he would ask the judge to have my son to 2 years of jail time and a fine of “about” $5000.00 plus court costs and have his driver’s license taken away for 10 years. My mouth must have dropped to the floor because the prosecutor looked at me in a disgusting way and said “This BOY should have known better. I can’t stop the tears. I’m afraid it’s going to come to prayers to get us through.”

An Indiana resident who used to travel to Lake Schaffer for the summer stated, “I vividly recall a faded billboard on the south side of Hwy 24 enroute to the lake that declared, “This is a Sun Down Town”. I asked my friend’s Dad about the sign and he informed me that, “We’re in White County (IN), Home of the KKK”.