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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.

Sweetser

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
1940
1950
1960
1970 1076 0 1
1980
1990
2000 906 0
2010 1229 5 4 8
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.” Specifically Swayzee.