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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.

Saybrook

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?
Yes, Written Evidence
Sign?
Yes, Photo or Written Evidence
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 767
2000 764 755 1
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Police or Other Official Action
  • Other

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

The Townboard of Saybrook voted out the sundown ordinance in 1974, however, a student at Carthage College stated that another student had one first place in the halloween costume contest having dressed as a KKK member in 1998. The ordinance may have been gone but the reputation remained. According the city resident, there was a sign that stated, “Nigger, Don’t Let The Sun Set On Your Black Ass.”