Rosedale, Mississippi

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Rosedale is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 2,414 at the 2000 census.

It is the same "Rosedale" that bluesman Robert Johnson referenced in his song "Traveling Riverside Blues." Locals claim that Johnson sold his soul to the Devil at the intersection of Mississippi state highways 1 and 8, on the south end of town, and that he tells this story metaphorically in "Cross Road Blues".[1] However, a number of other Delta municipalities claim that the transaction took place in or near their boundaries.



Rosedale is located at 33°51′13″N 91°1′37″W / 33.85361°N 91.02694°W / 33.85361; -91.02694 (33.853747, -91.026829).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.2 km²), of which 5.4 square miles (14.1 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km²) is water, for a total of 1.27% water.

Rosedale is situated on the eastern side of the Mississippi River, approximately midway between the mouths of the Arkansas and White Rivers, which flow into the Mississippi from the Arkansas (western) side.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,414 people, 780 households, and 567 families residing in the city. The population density was 444.2 people per square mile (171.6/km²). There were 842 housing units at an average density of 154.9/sq mi (59.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 16.86% White, 82.02% African American, 0.37% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

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