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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.



Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Was there an ordinance?
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
1940 1022 1
1950 1196 0
1960 1454 0
1970 3504 5
1980 5282 16
1990 5081 20
2000 4577 42 17 117
2010 4757 92 23 167

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black


Email message from a nearby resident: “Utica is an older town, I lived in its extension Shelby Township. The suburbs were mainly white, with 2 or 3 black people in the graduating class of 1986. Everybody was open to the Black classmates, but not many lived there.

I obtained a warranty deed copy of my neighbor’s house, stating that the property may not be sold to Negroes, dating back to 1952. Of course this was outlawed by the Fair Housing act of 1968.

I live in Shelby Township again and my subdivision is somewhat diverse: Blacks, Polish, Albanian, Indian, White, and some of them original owners.”

After a follow-up email, the same resident shared the wording of the deed: “The deed was acknowledged in April 24, 1952, and Recorded May 6, 1952 with these words : “Shall not be sold to, rented to, or occupied by any person of Negro Blood and also not to be used for raising pigs, glue factory or other dangerous or offensive purposes”