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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Piatt County

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
County
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

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 17529 17015 49
1900 17706 17660 44
1910 16376 16361 12
1920
1930 15588 15579 9
1940
1950
1960
1970 15509 15493 3
1980
1990
2000 16365 16173 39
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

A frequent visitor to the Mansfield remembers hearing conversations like, “”the sun doesn’t set on a black ass in Piatt County” about twenty years ago. Email; October 2012.

Many residents in Monticello, the county seat, confirmed that the town was indeed sundown, and there were window signs up that were intended more to “ease whites.”

All black residents in the county in 1930 lived in Monticello. They all worked as laundresses or at the hotel (those at the hotel probably lived at the hotel, not in a residential area)