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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.

Shelbyville

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Strongly Democratic
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
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 51
1900 3546 3479 67
1910 3590 69
1920 3568 52
1930 3491 15
1940
1950 4462 10
1960
1970
1980
1990 4943
2000 4971 4899 7
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Recently as late as 1971 a Black family was burned out. (According to a local resident)

One longtime resident from a nearby town said KKK activities there when she was a child (approx. 1920’s).