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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.

Waterloo

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Year of Greatest Interest
1910
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 3033 0
1940
1950 2821 0
1960
1970 4546 0
1980
1990 5072
2000 7614 7521 1
2010 9811 9609 13 4
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • German Protestant
  • German Catholic

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

According to a local historian and life long resident of Columbia and Waterloo, there was a sign between the two towns saying black people are not allowed in Monroe County after sundown. He says it likely ended around WWII.