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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Roachdale

Indiana

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?
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably

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 631 0
1940 736 0
1950
1960 927 0
1970 1004 0 3
1980
1990
2000
2010 926 0 0 0
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

email 1/6/2008

A small town near where I grew up had a sign that read: “N—– don’t let the sun set on your back.” I don’t know that the sign still exists but it was on either a fence post or telephone pole as you approached the town from the south. The town is Roachdale, in Putnam County, Indiana.
I recall seeing the sign only once when I was about 8-12 years old (I’m now 66) so that would have made it about 1949-1953. That seems like a long time ago to remember something like this, but I’m sure there was a comment made at the time and it must have made a lasting impression. It could have been sometime later than this, but certainly in the 1950s.
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