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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.

Paxton

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
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 3036 3027 9
1910
1920 3023 8
1930 2892 3
1940
1950 3795 0
1960
1970
1980
1990 4289
2000 4525 4428 13
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Private Bad Behavior
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

According to residents, the town has a KKK presence there who was active at least until the late 1990’s and was leaving racist literature with residents. Blacks were treated with much hostility and were often afraid to drive through town.