Webb, Mississippi

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Webb is a town in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 587 at the 2000 census.

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History

Webb was founded around 1880. The first post office was founded in 1880 and named Hood for one of the earlier settlers. In 1882, Judge James L.A. Webb, a Confederate veteran and a University of North Carolina graduate, operated the only store there and later the Hood Masonic Lodge was built. There was one saloon at that time called "The Razzle Dazzle". The town was incorporated in 1905.

In those days most of the groceries and necessities were brought to Hood by flat bottom boat from Sharkey, being hauled down the river from Friars Point. Cassidy Bayou was navigable then and was maintained by the government from Sharkey to Hood. The town was later renamed in honor of Judge Webb.

In July 2001, Earnestine Dixon became the first African American mayor of the town. Dixon served one term from 2001-2005.

Marrell Dixon, the son of Earnestine Dixon, became the first person to play any type of professional sports (Semi Pro Football Memphis Panthers-2007, Tupelo Fireants (Arena Football) 2003-2004). He was also the first person from Webb to play football at Mississippi State University.

Geography

Webb is located at 33°56′49″N 90°20′43″W / 33.94694°N 90.34528°W / 33.94694; -90.34528 (33.947045, -90.345304)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 587 people, 225 households, and 135 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,380.0 people per square mile (527.1/km²). There were 251 housing units at an average density of 590.1/sq mi (225.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 35.09% White, 61.33% African American, 2.04% Asian, and 1.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 225 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 20.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.47.

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