Mangham, Louisiana

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Mangham, Louisiana
Downtown Mangham, Louisiana
Downtown Mangham, Louisiana
Location of Mangham in Richland Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Mangham in Richland Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 32°18′30″N 91°46′34″W / 32.30833°N 91.77611°W / 32.30833; -91.77611Coordinates: 32°18′30″N 91°46′34″W / 32.30833°N 91.77611°W / 32.30833; -91.77611
CountryUnited States
 • MayorJohnnie Lee Natt (D) (born April 1949)
 • Police ChiefPerry Glenn Fleming (D)
 • Total1.07 sq mi (2.78 km2)
 • Land1.07 sq mi (2.78 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
75 ft (23 m)
 • Total672
 • Estimate 
 • Density601.68/sq mi (232.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)318
FIPS code22-48260
Welcome sign to Mangham on United States Highway 425
Mangham Town Hall
First Baptist Church of Mangham
Memorial to Mangham High School veterans who died in World War II

Mangham is a village in Richland Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States. The population was 595 at the 2000 census. Mangham was established in 1890. It is named for Wiley P. Mangham (died 1896), the publisher of the Richland Beacon-News, a weekly newspaper in Rayville, the seat of Richland Parish.


Mangham is located at 32°18′30″N 91°46′34″W / 32.30833°N 91.77611°W / 32.30833; -91.77611 (32.308304, -91.776225).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all land.

The community straddles the border with Franklin Parish. Louisiana Highway 15 runs through Mangham.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016645[2]−4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 595 people, 247 households, and 170 families residing in the town. The population density was 590.0 people per square mile (227.5/km²). There were 268 housing units at an average density of 265.7 per square mile (102.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 59.66% White, 39.83% African American, 0.17% Asian, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34% of the population.

There were 247 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 27.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 28.7% 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 2.41 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $23,558. Males had a median income of $22,273 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,813. About 22.0% of families and 28.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.8% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.


Public schools in Richland Parish are operated by the Richland Parish School Board. Three campuses serve the village of Mangham - Mangham Elementary School (Grades PK-5), Mangham Junior High School (Grades 6-8), and Mangham High School (Grades 9-12). The current principal of MHS is Connie Williams.

Notable people[edit]

  • Ralph Abraham (born September 16, 1954), veterinarian and physician elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014
  • Delores Chapman Danley. Author of I Think I Heard a Rooster Crow, a collection of inspirational poems and devotionals, published in 2011 by Westbow Press.
  • Noble Ellington is a former member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature, having served continuously from 1988 to 2012. He graduated in 1960 from Mangham High School.
  • Robert Neal Harwell (born February 1944) is a commissioner of the Tensas Basin Levee District and the former Republican mayor of Mangham.
  • Bennie McLain Hixon (June 21, 1923 – October 23, 2014), was a principal of Mangham High School, self-published The History of Mangham and the Big Creek—Boeuf River to 1940. He also penned columns for the Richland Beacon. He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and served with the 14th Armored Division, which entered France at Marseilles in 1944 and became part of General George S. Patton's Third Army as it moved across Germany. In 1963, he relocated to Monroe to join the history faculty of Neville High School. After retiring from professional education in 1969, he became a Louisiana state employee.[6]
  • Dr. D. B. "Bruce" Magee (May 30, 1955). Former newscaster at KTVE-TV (El Dorado/Monroe) from 1979 to 1983. Former International beauty pageant emcee for Cinderella Scholarship Pageants (1979-1989);Former editor of College English (1989-1991); Co-author of Mosaics (a series of writing textbooks) published in 1998 by Prentice-Hall; professor of English at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California; 1973 graduate of Mangham High School
  • Myrtis Methvin, mayor of Castor in Bienville Parish 1933 to 1945, second woman mayor in Louisiana; native of Attala County, Mississippi, resided in Mangham in her early years and is interred at Gwinn Cemetery[7]
  • Keith Munyan, commercial photographer in North Hollywood, California, reared in Mangham, son of Keith Owen Munyan, Sr.
  • Keith Owen "Moose" Munyan, Sr. (September 6, 1932 – July 8, 1996), became the head football coach at Mangham High School in 1963 and held the position for twenty-seven years. Teams under Coach Munyan compiled an outstanding record of 204 wins, 78 losses, and 6 ties. He led his teams to sixteen district championships and was selected "District Coach of the Year" on eighteen occasions. Munyan held various offices with the Louisiana High School Coaches Association and was honored by the organization for twenty-five years of service.
  • Frellsen Reese (March 19, 1919 – January 31, 2007) was a Republican mayor of Mangham and a retired lieutenant colonel of the United States Army with service in both World War II and the Vietnam War.[8]
  • Robert Max Ross (August 5, 1933 – September 15, 2009) ran as a Republican candidate for governor in 1972 and 1983, as well as the United States Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Louisiana State Senate, and for Mayor of Mangham, Louisiana.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Bennie McLain Hixon". Monroe News-Star. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Mildred Methvin. "Myrtis Lucille Gregory Methvin". Lafayette, Louisiana: Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Frellsen Reese (LTC)". Retrieved February 6, 2015.

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