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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.

Westfield

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?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
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
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980 2,783 5
1990 3,304 3,244 19 8
2000 9,293 8,698 93 33
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Email message 1/11/08

Before I began attending college, I had heard stories that there used to be a law on the books that barred black people from being in Westfield after dark. I was also told a story by a local resident in the village. He said that when he was a small boy in the early 1960’s, a black family had moved to our town and was met with swift racial aggression in the form of cross burnings, which the whole town came out to witness, and or, participate in. The family moved out the next morning, end of story.

According to a resident of Indiana, “Westfield, Indiana, actually has a very rich African American history. There was a black, farming community nearby in the 1800’s (Indiana had several, including Lyles Station, near Princeton) and homes in Westfield were known to be UGRR stations.”