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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.

New Palestine

Indiana

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

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
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
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930 456 0
1940 448 0
1950
1960 725 0
1970
1980
1990 671 0
2000 1264 1 2 3 4 11
2010 2055 1 12 5
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Rumors exist that the KKK donated land for the high school, and when the KKK craze hit, they became the Dragons! Today, a young student says that %u201CBlacks “don’t drive through.”
A New Palestine teacher writes:
%u201CHowever, the school system has found no documentation that states that the land for the school was donated by Klan members. The Dragon name was merely a coincidence. This was extensively researched the subject in the face of the persistent myth. I first heard the myth as a teacher, when some of my students mentioned it to me. Other teachers I knew had heard the myth, but no one had any evidence.%u201D