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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.

Winthrop Harbor

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Suburb
Metro Area
N. Chicago
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Sign?
Perhaps, Some Oral Evidence
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
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Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion
  • Threat of Violence
  • Violence Towards Newcomers
  • Police or Other Official Action
  • Private Bad Behavior
  • Reputation

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

Comments

According to residents, the grand dragon of the KKK lived in Winthrop Harbor, and Blacks often refused to even drive through town. Racism and the Klan are both still apparently active in this town, as it is still quite hostile.