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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.

Pittsfield

Illinois

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?
Unlikely
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely

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 3184 27
1940
1950 3564 4
1960
1970 4244 2
1980
1990
2000 4211 9 3
2010 4576 245* 0
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

One resident managed a business in Pittsfield for several years. He recalled one black delivery man coming into the business, and a patron telling the delivery man he had to be out of town by sundown. The store manager believed the patron was a member of the city council. This was around 2003.

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The Pittsfield Work Camp is located in the town. This probably explains almost the entire black population in the town.

*All Black residents in the town are male, between the ages of 18 and 61 (with the exception of one male under the age of 10, perhaps an adoption).