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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.

Morton

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?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
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 2240 2235 0
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000 15,198 14,874 20
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Morton is an overwhelmingly white town. “Nigger” used as “high-fivin'” other whites %u2014 positively.

A Morton apartment manager told a black applicant on the phone, “You’ll enjoy living here because it’s all-white.”

“My Dad had an African American friend that he worked with. He would bring him to our house for dinner, but this good man would have to be sure to be out of Tazewell County and back across the bridge to Peoria before sundown.” -Longtime resident of Morton, email, 4/2012