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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.

West Lafayette

Indiana

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Sign?
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 3830 9
1930 5095 6 0
1940 6270 4 0
1950 11873 5
1960 12680 21
1970 19157 155 537
1980
1990 25907 559
2000
2010 29596 813 5128 40
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Realtors

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

* In 1930, 2 of the 6 black residents were dometic live-in servants. The other four lived in an institution.

* All four black residents were domestic live-in servants.

According to a Lafayette resident, it was not until the late 1960s that the first black family moved into West Lafayette.

In the documentary Black Purdue, black Purdue alumni mention that there was no housing for them in West Lafayette.