Location of Pickensville in Pickens County, Alabama.
|• Total||10.06 sq mi (26.05 km2)|
|• Land||7.73 sq mi (20.01 km2)|
|• Water||2.33 sq mi (6.04 km2)|
|Elevation||230 ft (70 m)|
|• Estimate (2017)||580|
|• Density||75.06/sq mi (28.98/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0152888|
Pickensville is a rural town in Pickens County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 608, down from 662 in 2000. It was initially incorporated in 1839 (although two other sources claim 1825 and 1835) and briefly served before that as the first county seat of Pickens County. Carrollton was designated as the seat in the early 1830s.
According to the U.S. Census, the incorporation of Pickensville lapsed after 1920. It did not reappear again on the rolls of incorporated towns until 1970.
Pickensville is located at (33.230693, -88.272554).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), of which 7.8 square miles (20 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (22.73%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 662 people, 255 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density was 85.4 people per square mile (33.0/km²). There were 392 housing units at an average density of 50.6 per square mile (19.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 35.35% White, 62.99% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.30% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races.
There were 255 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the town, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $25,357, and the median income for a family was $28,036. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $22,955 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,575. About 29.2% of families and 34.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.6% of those under age 18 and 53.2% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
Pickensville is home to the Tom Bevill Visitors Center. The Tom Bevill Visitors Center and Museum is a replica of an antebellum plantation mansion built on the Tombigbee River. It houses exhibits on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and was named for Tom Bevill, a former U.S. Representative from Alabama who chaired the congressional committee that approved funding for the waterway project. The Montgomery, a 1925 restored snagboat, is located at the museum and operated as a museum ship.
- Lincoln Clark, member of the Alabama legislature; practiced law in Pickensville between 1931 and 1936
- Harvey Butler Fergusson, lawyer and politician
- Dwayne Ijames, defensive back
- William Belton Murrah, 19th-century Presbyterian minister
- Jacob H. Sharp, Confederate general in the Civil War; born in Pickensville in 1833 but grew up in Mississippi
Below are photographs taken in Pickensville in April 1937 as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) during the Great Depression:
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- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Alabama (1848). Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Alabama. J. Boardman. p. 216.