East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
|East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana|
Location in the state of Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Gálvez happy lands|
456 sq mi (1,180 km²)
453 sq mi (1,174 km²)
2 sq mi (6 km²), 0.50%
47/sq mi (18/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
The parish was part of Feliciana Parish which was founded in 1810 and was divided in 1824 into East Feliciana Parish and West Feliciana Parish.
The Louisiana State Insane Asylum was established near Jackson, Louisiana in 1847. It was greatly enlarged and improved under the administration of Dr. John Welch Jones, who was appointed as superintendent in 1874. The institution is now named the East Louisiana State Hospital.
The Margaret Dixon Correctional Institute is located in Jackson in East Feliciana Parish. It opened in 1976 and is named for the crusading managing editor of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, who argued for the decentralization of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in neighboring West Feliciana Parish.
The parish has a total area of 456 square miles (1,181.0 km2), of which 453 square miles (1,173.3 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.50%) is water.
- U.S. Highway 61
- Louisiana Highway 10
- Louisiana Highway 19
- Louisiana Highway 63
- Louisiana Highway 67
- Louisiana Highway 68
- Louisiana Highway 69
- Wilkinson County, Mississippi (northwest)
- Amite County, Mississippi (northeast)
- St. Helena Parish (east)
- East Baton Rouge Parish (south)
- West Feliciana Parish (west)
||Wilkinson County, Mississippi||Amite County, Mississippi|
|West Feliciana Parish||St. Helena Parish|
|East Baton Rouge Parish|
|East Feliciana Parish Census Data|
At the 2000 census, there were 21,360 people, 6,699 households, and 5,030 families residing in the parish. The population density was 47 per square mile (18/km²). There were 7,915 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 51.79% White, 47.08% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,699 households of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 18.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.26.
25.70% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 116.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 119.40 males.
The median household income was $31,631, and the median family income was $37,278. Males had a median income of $31,804 versus $20,243 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $15,428. About 18.30% of families and 23.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.70% of those under age 18 and 21.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Government and infrastructure
The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury is the governing body of the parish and consists of nine representatives elected by district.
East Louisiana State Hospital, currently referred to as Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System (ELMHS)is located in Jackson. Its main building is considered to be one of the largest and most significant Greek Revival buildings in Louisiana, it has been placed on the National Register. The institution was one of the first mental hospitals in the South.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections operates the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson.
East Feliciana Parish School Board operates public schools in the parish.
Notable natives and residents
- John Welch Jones (1826-1916), medical doctor, Confederate cavalry officer, and one time superintendent of the Louisiana State Insane Asylum.
- Eddie Robinson, legendary football coach at Grambling State University, was born in Jackson, Louisiana.
- Emile C. Freeland, author of Tale of a Sugar Tramp.
- Joseph S. Miller, Confederate war veteran.
- Junius Wallace Jones (1890-1977), Major-General, United States Air Force.
- United States Census Bureau. "Louisiana Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". Retrieved 2008-02-02.; Report on the Population of the United States at the Eleventh Census, 1890. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1895.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Dixon Correctional Institute." Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Retrieved on August 29, 2010.
- "The most influential US conservatives 2007: 61-80". The Daily Telegraph (London). 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- East Feliciana Parish Police Jury
- East Feliciana Tourism
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