Wallace, Louisiana

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Wallace is located in Louisiana
Location of Wallace in Louisiana
Coordinates: 30°02′26″N 90°39′59″W / 30.04056°N 90.66639°W / 30.04056; -90.66639Coordinates: 30°02′26″N 90°39′59″W / 30.04056°N 90.66639°W / 30.04056; -90.66639
CountryUnited States
ParishSt. John the Baptist
 • Total7.6 sq mi (20 km2)
 • Land6.5 sq mi (17 km2)
 • Water1.0 sq mi (3 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total570
 • Density75/sq mi (29/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)985

Wallace is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 570 at the 2000 census. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. The rural community is on the west bank of the Mississippi River and easily accessible to Interstate 10 via the Gramercy Bridge.

It is the site of Evergreen Plantation, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992. Evergreen is unusual for having 22 surviving slave quarters buildings. It is one of the most complete plantations in the South. Because of its significance, it was selected as one of the sites on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

The Whitney Plantation is also located here. Also a designated site on the state heritage trail, this historic complex opened to the public in 2014. It is the first plantation museum in the country dedicated to the slave experience. The museum includes a plantation main house, and relocated church and outbuildings. There is a newly commissioned multi-part slave memorial, containing the names of thousands of slaves in Louisiana, and other public art related to slavery history. In addition, a memorial and information commemorate the 1811 German Coast Uprising, a slave revolt that occurred in this region soon after it was acquired by the United States, during the Territory of Orleans period.


Wallace is located at 30°2′26″N 90°39′59″W / 30.04056°N 90.66639°W / 30.04056; -90.66639 (30.040492, -90.666471).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.6 km²), of which 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.7 km²) (13.77%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 570 people, 174 households, and 144 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 87.6 people per square mile (33.8/km²). There were 195 housing units at an average density of 30.0 per square mile (11.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 6.14% White and 93.86% African American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.18% of the population.

There were 174 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 28.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 16.1% 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 3.28 and the average family size was 3.70.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $19,118, and the median income for a family was $25,179. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $11,250 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $6,625. About 35.6% of families and 45.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.1% of those under age 18 and 34.7% of those age 65 or over.


St. John the Baptist Parish School Board operates public schools in the community.

Areas in Wallace are zoned to:

Notable people

Wallace was the birthplace of Ernest "Doc" Paulin (1907–2007), who became known as a New Orleans jazz musician, and Joe Pleasant, aka Pleasant Joe and Cousin Joe (1907-1989), a blues singer.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Attendance Zones." St. John the Baptist Parish School Board.

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