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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.



Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Don’t Know
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
1930 1,590 83
1940 1,338 168
1950 1,893 199
1960 1,938 27
1970 2,480 1
1990 3,098 2
2000 3,872 37 3

Method of Exclusion

  • Private Bad Behavior
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


“For years, black people wouldn’t even stop in Sheridan for gas.”

The dominant economic force in Sheridan was the owner of the local mill. In the late 1950s, the mill
owner made all of his black employees move out of town. “He just didn’t care for blacks being in Sheridan. He wouldn’t have them in school here. He had little shacks for them. He told them they could have the shacks and move them out, or he would burn them
-elderly Sheridan resident

While Sheridan has 37 black residents, 30 are adult males, indicating some type of institutional residence. Aside from this institution, there are 3
black households and 3 biracial children living in the town.

According to a resident of Sheridan: “I am white and my husband is black. At the Wal-Mart in Sheridan, some customers will not let the black workers check them out. We don%u2019t trust daycare just because of what we are told. We stay to ourselves and don%u2019t eat out because we don%u2019t trust what they would do to the food. At a local restaurant before my husband was handed his food, we watched as the cook put a mop on his head and started saying slangs. That was the first and last time we went out to eat.”