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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.

Oblong

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?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
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
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990 1616
2000 1580 1563 3
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

My speculation is that it must have come from the sayings, official or unofficial, “Be out of town by sundown” or “Don’t let the sun set on your ass, nigger,” according to who was talking or what was written. Maybe not, but I heard those things being said in the stories I heard as a kid growing up in Crawford County.

One time when I made the comment to my Grandmother about how racist my father was (he died in 78) she said that “he didn’t have much of a chance, there used to be a sign at the edge of town that said that Persons of Color had to be out of town before dark”.