Henning, Tennessee

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Henning, Tennessee
Henning TN welcome sign US51 02.jpg
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Tennessee.
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°40′25″N 89°34′39″W / 35.67361°N 89.57750°W / 35.67361; -89.57750Coordinates: 35°40′25″N 89°34′39″W / 35.67361°N 89.57750°W / 35.67361; -89.57750
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Lauderdale
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 292 ft (89 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 945
 • Density 752.3/sq mi (290.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38041
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-33360[1]
GNIS feature ID 1287426[2]

Henning is a town in Lauderdale County, Tennessee. The population was 945 at the 2010 census.


The infamous Battle of Fort Pillow, a Civil War victory for the Confederates, took place near Henning. Here, nearly 200 black and white troops serving in the Union Army were killed by Confederates under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest.


Henning is located at 35°40′25″N 89°34′39″W / 35.67361°N 89.57750°W / 35.67361; -89.57750 (35.673563, -89.577366).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land.

Henning is situated on the southeastern edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area with a high earthquake risk.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 148
1890 420 183.8%
1910 582
1920 495 −14.9%
1930 639 29.1%
1940 415 −35.1%
1950 493 18.8%
1960 466 −5.5%
1970 605 29.8%
1980 638 5.5%
1990 802 25.7%
2000 970 20.9%
2010 945 −2.6%
Est. 2016 935 [4] −1.1%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 970 people, 362 households, and 238 families residing in the town. The population density was 752.3 people per square mile (290.3/km²). There were 406 housing units at an average density of 314.9 per square mile (121.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 22.37% White, 74.85% African American, 1.34% Native American, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population.

Alex Haley's boyhood home and his grave beside the home (2007)

There were 362 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living together, 26.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.37.

In the town, the population was spread out with 32.8% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,438, and the median income for a family was $21,776. Males had a median income of $26,500 versus $19,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,413, which is the lowest in the state. About 30.9% of families and 30.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 30.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates the Henning Post Office.[7]

The Tennessee Department of Corrections operates the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in unincorporated Lauderdale County, near Henning.[8] Previously the Cold Creek Correctional Facility was located in the area.[9]

Henning is home to a community of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The tribe placed 79 acres of local land into federal trust in 2012, making it the only Native American Indian tribe that owns land in Tennessee.[10]


Henning Public Schools are part of Lauderdale County School District. The School District has one primary school, two elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high school and two high schools.[11]

Shawn Kimble is the Superintendent of Schools.[12]

Notable people[edit]

Historical marker in front of Alex Haley's boyhood home (2007)