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Edwards, Mississippi
Location of Edwards, Mississippi
Location of Edwards, Mississippi
Edwards, Mississippi is located in the United States
Edwards, Mississippi
Edwards, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Hinds
Area
 • Total 1.66 sq mi (4.30 km2)
 • Land 1.66 sq mi (4.30 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
236 ft (72 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,034
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,005
 • Density 605.42/sq mi (233.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39066
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-21580
GNIS feature ID 0669683

Edwards is a town in Hinds County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,034 at the 2010 census, down from 1,347 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Edwards, Mississippi - 1936
The railroad station in 1936.

Edwards is named for Dick Edwards, owner and proprietor of the Edwards House in Jackson, Mississippi.

Edwards was originally named Amsterdam and settled in the 1830s. In 1832 it suffered from a cholera epidemic and was then bypassed by the Alabama and Vicksburg Rail Road. This happened in 1839 when R. O. Edwards plantation became a stop on the railroad known as Edwards Depot.

The depot was burned to prevent its use during the Civil War in 1863. The current site of Edwards was chosen in 1866 and was incorporated in 1871.

In 1882 the Southern Christian Institute was opened by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the town to educate African-Americans. It later became Bonner-Campbell College. In 1897 Edwards suffered an attack of yellow fever that killed many residents of the town.

Geography

Edwards is located at 32°19′51″N 90°36′15″W / 32.33083°N 90.60417°W / 32.33083; -90.60417 (32.330942, -90.604091).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 586
1910 589 0.5%
1920 727 23.4%
1930 456 −37.3%
1940 1,110 143.4%
1950 1,002 −9.7%
1960 1,206 20.4%
1970 1,236 2.5%
1980 1,515 22.6%
1990 1,279 −15.6%
2000 1,347 5.3%
2010 1,034 −23.2%
2019 (est.) 1,005 −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Edwards Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 109 10.95%
Black or African American 843 84.72%
Native American 2 0.2%
Asian 1 0.1%
Other/Mixed 20 2.01%
Hispanic or Latino 20 2.01%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 995 people, 404 households, and 193 families residing in the town.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,034 people living in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 82.4% Black, 15.4% White, 0.7% Native American, 0.1% Asian and 0.6% from two or more races. 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Education

Edwards is served by the Hinds County School District, and is zoned to Bolton/Edwards Elementary-Middle School in Bolton and Raymond High School in Raymond.

Jackson/Hinds Library System operates the Lois A. Flagg Library in Edwards, adjacent to the Edwards Head Start Center.

Notable people

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See also

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