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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Villa Grove

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?
Sign?
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
1980
1990 2734
2000 2553 2504 8 2
2010 2537 4 0
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

June 2007

The parents of a little-leaguer in Philo say someone in Villa Grove owes their son an apology after racial slurs are fired at him during a baseball game.

Considerable information about Villa Grove is in the book, SUNDOWN TOWNS, including a majority of eleven interviews to the effect that the original intent of the siren on the water tower that sounded at 6PM was to warn blacks to be out of town.

A long time resident of the town says that there was a sign warning blacks to be out by sunset. He says it was removed in the early 1960’s.