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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.

Olney

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 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 8664
2000 8631 8430 41
2010 9115 60 14
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

Olney is said to be an all-white town by former resident radio station host in Champaign. Now it has a junior college that has black basketball players, but they don’t really live there.

In 2006, Olney had its first black candidate for State Representative. Brandt Patterson (D) received 30% of the vote, the same percentage the white Democratic candidate received in 2008)