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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.

Swayzee

Indiana

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Probably

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 604 0
1940 661 0
1950
1960 863 0
1970 1073 0 2
1980
1990 1059 0
2000 1011 4 1
2010 981 3 1 3
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

A World War II veteran from Gas City heard that Sweetser and Swayzee were sundown towns, wheras Weaver was a former black community just south of Marion dating to just after the Civil War. Meanwhile, he thinks that Mexicans have an easier time moving into Swayzee and working for canning factories and vegetable farms that supply them. He says, “They had ’em in camps, but as they moved away from their master, you might say, some of them would go back to Mexico, but you had a few stragglers who stayed in the towns.” %u2014 specifically Swayzee.