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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Williamsville

Illinois

Basic Information

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

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Possible
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
1980
1990
2000 1439 1412 8
2010 1476 3 1
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

“There was a sort of unwritten rule (and perhaps an oral tradition) that black people weren’t allowed to live in Williamsville. If they were ever in town they were supposed to leave by dusk. In fact, her mom and dad went to a house auction in Williamsville (she didn’t say what year, but it would have been between 1951 and 1969 since my mom graduated in 1969). After they returned from the auction she remembers them telling her someone from town would by the house just to make sure a black family didn’t buy it and move to town.” -Contact recalling what her mother, a long time resident of the town, remembered about life in Williamsville, email, March 2012