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Ferriday, Louisiana
City of Ferriday
Downtown Ferriday
Downtown Ferriday
Location of Ferriday in Concordia Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Ferriday in Concordia Parish, Louisiana.
Ferriday, Louisiana is located in Louisiana
Ferriday, Louisiana
Ferriday, Louisiana
Location in Louisiana
Ferriday, Louisiana is located in the United States
Ferriday, Louisiana
Ferriday, Louisiana
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Parish Concordia
Area
 • Total 1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Land 1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
52 ft (16 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,189
 • Density 1,957.64/sq mi (755.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
71334
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-25440

Ferriday is a town in Concordia Parish, which borders the Mississippi River and is located on the central eastern border of Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,511 at the 2010 census. It is an African-American majority town.

Ferriday was integral to the promotion of blues music through Haney's Big House lounge in the African-American community. Almost every Delta Blues musician played at Haney's. The Delta Music Museum in the downtown historic district is open daily to visitors, many of whom come from out of state. It is located next to the restored Arcade Theater. The museum contains exhibits on Ferriday natives, some of whom were blues, rock, pop, and country musicians.

The town claims to have produced more famous people per square mile than any other in America. This statement intrigued author Elaine Dundy, who explored both celebrities and townsfolk in her book, Ferriday, Louisiana, published by E. P. Dutton in 1991.

Churches of several major denominations are located here, including a large Pentecostal congregation south of town on Louisiana Highway 15, as well as Baptist, Assembly of God, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Catholic.

Geography

Ferriday is situated on the west side of Lake Concordia and 8 miles (13 km) from Lake St. John, oxbow lakes famous for recreational and professional bass fishing.

U.S. Routes 84 and 425 pass through the center of Ferriday. US 84 leads west 16 miles (26 km) to Jonesville, and US 425 leads north 6 miles (10 km) to Clayton. The two highways jointly lead southeast 11 miles (18 km) to Natchez, Mississippi.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Ferriday has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km2), all being land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 577
1920 1,044 80.9%
1930 2,502 139.7%
1940 2,857 14.2%
1950 3,847 34.7%
1960 4,563 18.6%
1970 5,239 14.8%
1980 4,472 −14.6%
1990 4,111 −8.1%
2000 3,723 −9.4%
2010 3,511 −5.7%
2020 3,189 −9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Ferriday racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 362 11.35%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,704 84.79%
Native American 10 0.31%
Asian 7 0.22%
Other/Mixed 55 1.72%
Hispanic or Latino 51 1.6%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,189 people, 1,354 households, and 885 families residing in the town.

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Education

The Concordia Parish School Board serves Ferriday. Ferriday High School is located off LA 15. Its sports teams are known as the Trojans. To the right rear of the high school is the Concordia Parish Library.

The private Huntington High School, first established for all grades in 1970, was located in a middle-class residential area of the town. It is one of the "segregation academies", private schools founded by white parents who withdrew from the public system when its schools were desegregated. Bryant Hammett, a former State Representative, graduated from Huntington in 1974. Al Ater, later elected as Louisiana Secretary of State, was a graduate of the founding class. Publisher Sam Hanna was among its first directors. Huntington closed in 2010.

Founder and head of the board, Craig Jackson, established the Delta Charter School in 2013 in Huntington's buildings.

The Central Louisiana Technical Community College is located in Ferriday.

Notable people

  • Andy Anders, politician and farm equipment salesman in Ferriday; current state representative for Concordia Parish
  • Campbell Brown, NBC and CNN news correspondent
  • Brenham C. Crothers (1905-1984), state senator from 1948 to 1952 and 1956 to 1960
  • Mickey Gilley, country musician and owner of Gilley's Nightclub in Pasadena, Texas
  • Dale Houston (1940–2007), whose single "I'm Leaving It Up To You" reached No. 1 in 1963
  • Jerry Lee Lewis, rock and roll pioneer, pianist
  • Howard K. Smith (1914-2002), CBS and ABC commentator and anchorman; Howard K. Smith: News and Comment (1962–1963)

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