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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Stronghurst

Illinois

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?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
0
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 799 791 0
2000 896 889 1
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

As of the census of 2000, The racial makeup of the village was 99.22% White, 0.11% African American, and 0.67% from two or more races.

In Sept. 2003, The Associated Press reported that a Chicago School’s football team cancelled their game against Southern Highschool for racial displays.
Fans of Southern Highschool’s football team, the “Southern Rebels” in Stronghurst, wave Confederate flags during games and a student traditionally leads the team on the field waving the stars and bars banner. The team’s mascot is dressed as a colonel in the Confederate army. Every time they score a touchdown, they run a Confederate flag across the field.

A former resident stated: “I can say, the information about the school and the football team was true, although the school has since consolidated with another school and the “Southern Rebels” are no longer. Incidentally, the school they consolidated with was formerly known as “Union High School” and they were the “Yankees.”