Edwards, Mississippi

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Edwards is a town in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,347 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Edwards was originally named Amsterdam and settled in the 1830s. In 1832 it suffered from a Cholera epidemic and was then bypassed by the Alabama and Vicksburg Rail Road. This happened in 1839 when R. O. Edwards plantation became a stop on the railroad known as Edwards Depot.

The depot was burned to prevent its use during the American Civil War in 1863. The current site of Edwards was chosen in 1866. It was incorporated in 1871.

In 1882 the Southern Christian Institute was opened by the Church of Christ in the town to educate African-Americans. It latter became Bonner-Campbell College. In 1897 Edwards suffered an attack of Yellow fever that killed many residents of the town.[1]

Geography

Edwards is located at 32°19′51″N 90°36′15″W / 32.33083°N 90.60417°W / 32.33083; -90.60417 (32.330942, -90.604091)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.3 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,347 people, 461 households, and 335 families residing in the town. The population density was 808.2 people per square mile (311.4/km²). There were 505 housing units at an average density of 303.0/sq mi (116.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 78.92% African American, 20.19% White, 0.15% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

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