Montgomery County, Mississippi

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Montgomery County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Montgomery County
Location in the U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1871
Seat Winona
Largest city Winona
 • Total 408 sq mi (1,057 km2)
 • Land 407 sq mi (1,054 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2 km2), 0.2%
 • (2010) 10,925
 • Density 27/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,925.[1] Its county seat is Winona.[2] The county was either named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada, or for Montgomery County, Tennessee, from which an early settler came. In that latter case, it would have been indirectly named for John Montgomery, a settler in Montgomery County, Tennessee, who founded the city of Clarksville, Tennessee, in that county.

The Big Black River passes through the southern part of the county, flowing southwest to its confluence with the Mississippi River south of Vicksburg.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 408 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 407 square miles (1,050 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4] It is the fourth-smallest county in Mississippi by total area.

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This area was occupied in historic times by the Choctaw people. Their ancestors had inhabited the area for thousands of years. Under the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the United States forced most of the Native Americans west of the Mississippi River in order to open their lands to settlement by European Americans.

Much of the area of Montgomery County was developed for cotton plantations before and after the Civil War, where most of the labor was supplied by African Americans, enslaved before the war and freed afterward. The county was organized in 1871, during the Reconstruction era. The eastern hilly areas became a center of timber industry.

From 1877 to 1950, there were 10 known lynchings of blacks in the county.[5] It was a form of racial terrorism that was at its height at the turn of the 20th century.[5] Some studies have shown that the rate of lynchings related to economic stresses among whites. This was also the period when Mississippi and other states were suppressing black political activity through disenfranchisement of most blacks through barriers to voter registration.

On April 13, 1937, shortly after two African-American men, Roosevelt Townes and "Bootjack" McDaniels, were arraigned at the county courthouse in Winona, they were abducted. They had been charged in the December 1936 murder of a white merchant in Duck Hill after Townes purportedly confessed to police. A crowd estimated at 100 had gathered, and a team of 12 white men took the two blacks by school bus to a site in Duck Hill, where they were tortured to confess before being shot and burned.[6] An crowd estimated at 300 to 500 gathered to watch. By 1 pm, the wire services and other national media had learned of the event and were trying to gain more information.[6]

The lynchings were reported nationally in the United States and widely condemned. Representative Hatton W. Sumners (D-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a telegram to Governor Hugh L. White decrying the lynching. He said, "It is the sort of thing which makes it hard for those of us who are here trying to protect the governmental sovereignty of the state..."[6] At the time a federal anti-lynching bill was under consideration by Congress. It passed the House but it was defeated by the Solid South in the Senate.[7][8] No one was ever prosecuted for the murders.[9] Nazi Germany reported the lynching as propaganda to offset its anti-Semitic laws.[10]

As was the case across much of rural Mississippi, population in this county declined markedly from 1910 to 1920, and from 1940 to 1970. The peak of population in the county was in 1910. In addition to labor changes because of mechanization of agriculture, the periods of decline are related to the Great Migration of blacks out of the rural and small town South seeking jobs, education and other opportunities in other regions. As a result, Mississippi changed from majority black (56%) in 1910 to majority white (63%) by 1970.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 13,348
1890 14,459 8.3%
1900 16,536 14.4%
1910 17,706 7.1%
1920 13,805 −22.0%
1930 15,009 8.7%
1940 15,703 4.6%
1950 14,470 −7.9%
1960 13,320 −7.9%
1970 12,918 −3.0%
1980 13,366 3.5%
1990 12,388 −7.3%
2000 12,189 −1.6%
2010 10,925 −10.4%
Est. 2015 10,152 [12] −7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
1790-1960[14] 1900-1990[15]
1990-2000[16] 2010-2013[1]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,925 people residing in the county. 53.0% were White, 45.5% Black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% of some other race and 0.5% of two or more races. 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census[17] of 2000, there were 12,189 people, 4,690 households, and 3,367 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,402 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 54.25% White, 44.95% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to the census[17] of 2000, the largest ancestry groups in Montgomery County were African 44.95%, English 42.1%, and Scots-Irish 1%.

There were 4,690 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.50% were married couples living together, 18.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 86.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,270, and the median income for a family was $31,602. Males had a median income of $26,590 versus $17,639 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,040. About 21.90% of families and 24.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.80% of those under age 18 and 25.40% of those age 65 or over.





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  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Big Black River Basin". Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Archived from the original on 23 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-20. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Lynching in America, 2nd edition, Supplement by County, p. 5
  6. ^ a b c "Roosevelt Townes and Robert "Bootjack" McDaniels", Northeastern University's Center for Civil Rights and Restorative Justice; News Articles: "Dual Lynching Nationally Condemned" and "Mob Lynches Two Negroes Tuesday near Duck Hill", Winona Times, 15 April 1937; accessed 18 March 2017
  7. ^ [,+1937&source=bl&ots=oQnjopQ_Lh&sig=j9fmCTO4qFRjbqaOzmEgReP7whE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiz1Zqq8eDSAhWr5IMKHXURB2s4ChDoAQgrMAQ#v=onepage&q=Rep.%20Sumners%20from%20Texas%2C%201937&f=false Vanessa A. Holloway, Getting Away with Murder: The Twentieth-Century Struggle for Civil Rights in the U.S. Senate, University Press of America, 2014, pp. 25-28
  8. ^ Weiss, Nancy Joan (1983). Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR. Princeton University. 
  9. ^ [ "Roosevelt Townes and Robert "Bootjack" McDaniels", Northeastern University's Center for Civil Rights and Restorative Justice; accessed 18 March 2017
  10. ^ "Lynchings Top NAZI Papers". San Jose News. April 13, 1937. 
  11. ^ Gibson, Campbell and Kay Jung (September 2002). Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals By Race, 1790 to 1990, and By Hispanic Origin, 1970 to 1990, For The United States, Regions, Divisions, and States. U.S. Bureau of the Census - Population Division.
  12. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  18. ^ Barnwell, p. 225 - Excerpt of: Mills, Kay This Little Light of Mine. In: Barnwell, Marion (editor) A Place Called Mississippi: Collected Narratives. University Press of Mississippi, 1997. ISBN 1617033391, 9781617033391.

Coordinates: 33°30′N 89°37′W / 33.50°N 89.61°W / 33.50; -89.61