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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.

Wayne City

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?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
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 847 0
1980 1179 0
1990 1139 0
2000 1089 1082 0
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Mt. Vernon is the next big city over from wayne county and has a large black population. Growing up, we were strongly urged not to go to that town and to go to Fairfield instead. It was though of as a crime filled town with drugs.

I did get a feeling that the whole county was white on purpose. There was a KKK house outside of Fairfield that wasnt out of commission for that long from what I heard back then.-Acoording to a student who moved to Wayne City in the mid-1980s.