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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.

Wabash

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?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Surely Not

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 12985 53
1990
2000 11743 44 60 124 172
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Threat of Violence
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

A woman married to a man who grew up in Wabash, Indiana, writes:
%u201CHe told me that he had *never* seen a ‘live’ black person until he was 21. I found this inconceivable as I had and I grew up in a little cowtown in California. On an early married visit to Wabash, I mentioned to one of his friends, who worked in a library, how surprised I was when my husband said he hadn’t seen a black person ’til he was 21 and his friend very matter of factly said, “Well, they weren’t allowed inside the city limits.”