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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Tamaroa

Illinois

Basic Information

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

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 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 780
2000 740 724 1
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Tamaroa was notorious as a racist town. Its residents once stoned a black passer-by to death. It was on the ICRR. Blacks from nearby towns, such as Du Quoin, occasionally walked along the railroad tracks to go north. White youths would throw rocks at them, and on one occasion it got out of hand. Tamaroa became locally notorious as “the rock throwers. (According to a local historian.)

“They [Tamaroans] have been known to hang a couple. One ran through, and they castrated him. Several residents of Tamaroa told me those stories. One man told me he witnessed the hanging. They took him down and burned him on a brushpile.” (According to a local historian.)