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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Sellersburg

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?
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

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 2679 4
1970
1980
1990 5,745 5,704 3 1
2000 6,071 5,979 15 5
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

email November 2007:

The Sellersburg incident involved the lynching of a black man for allegedly raping a white woman in February 1883. The incident is recorded but not the names of the parties involved. I grew up in the Sellersburg area and heard about the incident throughout my life and the admonition “don’t let the sun set on you.” I don’t know of any black person or family ever living in Sellersburg or surrounding Silver Creek Township. When I was in elementary school back in the 50s, I heard that a black student named David White who briefly attended Silver Creek High School, but he apparently lived in an outlying part of the township that was close to Jeffersonville.