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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Utica

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?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
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
2000 591 6 2 1 7
2010 776 26
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Threat of Violence

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

“In spite of the fact that there was a heavy concentration of Negroes in Clark County, none were allowed within the corporation limits of the little town of Utica, about ten miles up the Ohio River from Jeffersonville. An excursion boat which attempted to make a brief landing there was said to have been driven off because there were a few colored persons on board. A prominent visitor to the place had difficulty securing permission to bring his colored carriage driver into the town.%u201D See Emma Lou Thornbrough, _The Negro in Indiana_ (Indianapolis: IN Historical Bureau, 1957), 226.

An Indiana resident%u2019s grandmother grew up in Utica and remembered signs posted at each end of the town to tell blacks to leave by sundown.