The Most Notorious Sundown Town Of Them All: Anna, Illinois 4K.

The Most Notorious Sundown Town Of Them All: Anna, Illinois 4K.

Anna, Illinois in 2020 is trying to shed the reputation that it has of being a sundown town. Should the town change it’s name?

Walmart: 1:23
Jonesboro: 6:07 – 9:16
Anna: 9:16 – 22:16
Sundown Town talk: 10:34
Anna BLM Protest Talk: 13:58
Jonesboro (Again): 22:16 – End

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  1. jaxxone on May 15, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Great town, look how clean it looks. I bet the crime its the lowest in usa

  2. RC Harmel on May 15, 2022 at 10:24 am

    My maternal family is from Vienna (20 miles east of Anna), another sundown town. Growing up I heard so many stories about the local history. Like what the name Anna stood for, stories about lynchings and black settlements being burned to the ground… As a kid, I thought they were just made up town legends, turns out they were absolutely true.

  3. 💰 BENNY BLANCO 💰 on May 15, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Scary not seeing anybody outside walking ect …just like Cairo, Ill. 😦😨

  4. ropativ on May 15, 2022 at 10:30 am

    *To think that hundreds of thousands of African American fought wars and many died for the United States to preserve this way of life for the white supremacy sector of the population, is bizzarre to the extreme!!! Washington call it national security, but it’s really the socio-economic security of these MORONs they are talking about, NOT that of the whole cultural and ethno diversity of America!!!!*

  5. PL0X R0BLUX on May 15, 2022 at 10:33 am

    I live in Anna and have lives within close proximity my whole life. I would say this is very interesting. I have black family here and I have to say there is for sure a racism problem in Anna. Along with a pedophilia problem. Lots of creeps, crackheads, and idiots.

  6. Z Man on May 15, 2022 at 10:33 am

    I drove down here to a dispensary in the middle of the night….I was working in Marion….. Didn’t know the potential danger I was in

  7. Brian Rabbit on May 15, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Funny I see colored people flying confederate flags. I never thought of the rebel flag a racist flag.

  8. Matthew Whitton on May 15, 2022 at 10:36 am

    In rural and regional Australia, it’s still extremely common, even typical, for black people ( indigenous, Aboriginal,..or ‘ Koori ‘ nations ) to be tightly restrained to a particular area, or ‘ side ‘ , of a town, typically on one side of, say, a Main Street, parallel to , but entirely segregated from the white ‘ side ‘. Until quite recently, schools, pools, parks, hotels, restaurants, etc. were either segregated, or simply entirely ‘ off-limits ‘ to black people. Thankfully, there are still very substantial numbers of Kooris who live in entirely indigenous communities, deeper into what we call ‘ the bush ‘ or ‘ Outback ‘.

  9. Robert Reddick on May 15, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Need to see the tax charts. Google time. Wild that there’s a wood bridge with high property taxes. Not in NC.

  10. Tanya De Beer on May 15, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Thank God you are there to be the arbiter of morality and not political. What a relief.

  11. Robert Reddick on May 15, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful drives

  12. dead pirate tattoo on May 15, 2022 at 10:44 am

    I can tell you some racist stories. Sad is our history. The black man is every bit equally. Their day will come. We will all be one

  13. chokkan7 on May 15, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Cairo, IL is the only city at the confluence of two major rivers in the world which has not developed into a metropolis.

  14. Anthony Thompson on May 15, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Back about 25 years ago I went through Anna stopped at a small restaurant. Once I stepped out of the car… was like the whole town stopped. I went inside to eat the waitress that took my order was young….. She made sure I had refill on my drinks…. There was a older gentleman sitting off to the side that said to his friend…( You see that?! Somethings wrong here Vern!….. He should be serving us ….not her serving him!….. Those people don’t belong here……) .. So I slowly finished eating. The waitress came back with my bill and said ( Be careful handsome,.. you have people watching you) I went to pay…..I paid with my debit card and I had to show my ID twice to the older lady at the cash register she threw my receipt on the ground and I just left it there. So I get ready to leave . couple was standing close to my Camero….I heard one say ……( I’ll be damned if I let a spc nigg. live here). All of a sudden I had a cop following me until I got out on the highway… you know…

  15. GreenEyedLady on May 15, 2022 at 10:46 am

    If Illinois did not have cook county controlling everything – there would not be so many people leaving. I don’t think it’s taxes. It is politics. And of you live in any other suburb not controlled by cook county – your vote will never matter. People started to realize that.

  16. Ethan Wren on May 15, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Well done video! Tha ks for posting!

  17. Karolína Černá on May 15, 2022 at 10:47 am

    i just researched the William james and Anna Pelley story, there was no real investigation. The ppl of Anna just wanted William James gone.

  18. sierra choco on May 15, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Mountain Dew – are you from one of the Appalachian States??

  19. Mechant Loup on May 15, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Not political… yet talks favourably of BLM, which is political. BLM is about power projection and power redistribution, and uses violence as one of its tools to achieve those objectives, not unlike Antifa. Sounds like the kind of thing southern Illinois fits well for given its past. There are two kinds of people in most advanced, Western societies: Those who use the political, democratic process, and those who want to bypass it for their own benefit. BLM/Antifa people opt for the latter, not unlike (again) white supremacists of the past. And like all American leaders, the lead figures build fancy mansions for themselves while evading taxes. It is a curious parallel that these movements show.

  20. Christopher Smith on May 15, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Yo u can’t even like the video no more

  21. Ryan Nicole Padgett on May 15, 2022 at 10:51 am

    I live in Alabama and it’s not that even that bad down here !! This is crazy & disturbing!!

  22. Jozie Redman on May 15, 2022 at 10:53 am

    POV u live in Anna

  23. Scott Hale on May 15, 2022 at 10:53 am

    WTF happened to your hair?

  24. Mr Butch on May 15, 2022 at 10:56 am

    In regards to Illinois losing population due to high taxes I think you put too much emphasis on that. Sure, high taxes are not an incentive for businesses to move there and people want to live in places where the tax burden is lower – no argument there. There are other factors, however, that are more compelling. Climate for one. People are moving out of the northern "rust belt" states to the "sun belt" states. Another reason is the demise of both the coal industry and the disappearance of manufacturing jobs. If people flock only to states with low taxes then New Hampshire and Delaware would be booming!!!

  25. Levent Ergün on May 15, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Saw a comment on Reddit, searched on google to see what it meant and found this video. Less than 10 minutes into it and I already appreciate the effort you put in it.

  26. gear_grinder on May 15, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Nice town

  27. SleeperMk7 on May 15, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Vidor is worse

  28. Isabella on May 15, 2022 at 11:00 am

    it’s crazy because I saw a tiktok and thought a sundown town was where the sun set in a certain way ( e.g it never fully sets or sth? ) I’m just shocked that it still exists when I’m from the uk

  29. thebruteforce1 on May 15, 2022 at 11:02 am

    There were sundown towns all over the place not just Anna. My grandmother lived in east Alton illinois and on the abstract for the property it said it could not be sold to a black person. There also was a sign close to the edge of town that said no blacks allowed after dark( don’t know the exact wording).

  30. Keria Luvwaka on May 15, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Y’all n the comments keep saying omg Anna so friendly n bs but y’all white af saying it tho

  31. Janice Dauksch on May 15, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Wow I went to Anna several times in my child hood and never heard this called a sundown town, really never heard of a sundown town, did hear about little Egypt

  32. Jason Martin on May 15, 2022 at 11:06 am

    I grew up in Jonesboro which Anna-Jonesboro are pretty much just one town really. Unfortunately the history is true. Not sure why you took rollercoaster rd to get from Anna to Jonesboro.

  33. Robert Shipley on May 15, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Wrong dude , lowest cost of living in the country, rent is awesome even in the bigger town of Carbondale, a college town, or Marion or Murphysboro people just want to live a quiet life in Anna and its quiet except for the bar scene on the weekends

  34. Whitey on May 15, 2022 at 11:07 am

    I’ve been quite a few places and have only found one or two that I would live in other than Southern IL. Spent almost 40 years here, I love it and always will. Even when I move to Missouri to escape the insane leftist policies out of Shitcago that have destroyed it.

  35. Joshua Eman on May 15, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Anna is a BEAUTIFUL place! 🤔 Wonder why …

  36. Briana Mochel on May 15, 2022 at 11:09 am

    My father is black and he’s lived there sents the 80s so don’t believe what everyone tells you

  37. Joe Cook on May 15, 2022 at 11:09 am

    Anna was named after the founders wife Annabelle. And my family and I have lived here all our lives and if very diverse town actually.

  38. dead pirate tattoo on May 15, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Oil brought people here. It’s still here but you don’t need do many people to run it

  39. Curious Whasian on May 15, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Love your videos and your commentary! I appreciate your dry humor

  40. Rodney Kingston on May 15, 2022 at 11:14 am

    What year did they take down that Billboard? It would have technically been illegal (or would have made the town vulnerable to lawsuit) after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but illegal displays of racism lingered long after that in this part of the country. But I am struck at how NICE the place looks today. Compare it to drive thru videos of other Illinois towns that are losing population, like Danville or Wood River, and it’s nothing like them. If you didn’t know better, you might think you were seeing some wealthy suburb of a big city.

  41. Robert Reddick on May 15, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Okay ya got me hooked! As our home is watching the Market, we are processing buying land.

  42. ginfromdablock on May 15, 2022 at 11:18 am

    I’ve been to anna illinois. The sun down is real. I’m african american

  43. Chris Harden on May 15, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Walmart: 1:23
    Jonesboro: 6:07 – 9:16
    Anna: 9:16 – 22:16
    Sundown Town talk: 10:34
    Anna BLM Protest Talk: 13:58
    Jonesboro (Again): 22:16 – End

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  44. El jefe on May 15, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Is Anna still like this? I’m considering moving there but my wife is Hispanic.

  45. dead pirate tattoo on May 15, 2022 at 11:21 am

    I don’t know why I love these drive through videos, but they keep me rapt. I live in southern Illinois. One of the smallest town in the middle of no where. Your Detroit stuff is cool too. I can’t stop watching

  46. shawneehills7 on May 15, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Beer is one of the four food groups in Union County

  47. Tim othy on May 15, 2022 at 11:23 am

    BLM is not about black lives.

  48. UltimateFireCracker on May 15, 2022 at 11:23 am

    It may have changed but to all my POC just move to a city you don’t want to live in a town where people are so racist, dumb and probably all family of each other.

  49. HotSeat on May 15, 2022 at 11:23 am

    This is powerful and no nonsense. I’m feeling grateful to have found this channel.

  50. Robert Shipley on May 15, 2022 at 11:23 am

    He’s going the wrong way to get to Jonesboro, drive through Anna and it takes you right to it, less than 2 miles

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