Sumner, Mississippi

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Sumner is a town in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 407 at the 2000 census.



Sumner is located at 33°58′12″N 90°22′11″W / 33.97°N 90.36972°W / 33.97; -90.36972 (33.969867, -90.369636)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.


The heavily wooded swamp that became Sumner was part of the Choctaw Nation before being settled by many families, including the Sumners. Sumner was covered by trees, vines, and underbrush in its infancy when the men of the community began clearing the land. Sumner was incorporated in 1900 and was named after its founder and first mayor, Joseph Burton Sumner. In 1902 the county was divided into two districts, with Sumner as the county seat of the west district (Charleston being the county seat of the east district).

The Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Sumner has historical significance of its own. The courthouse was built in 1902 on a lot donated by Sumner, who also donated the lot for the jail. The courthouse burned in 1908, but was rebuilt in 1909. Sumner's courthouse was the site of the 1955 murder trial of Emmett Till. In 1990, the courthouse was designated as a state landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 407 people, 148 households, and 105 families residing in the town. The population density was 726.5 people per square mile (280.6/km²). There were 158 housing units at an average density of 282.0/sq mi (108.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 57.99% White, 39.07% African American, 2.21% Asian, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

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