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|Town of Jackson|
Location of Jackson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
|• Total||4.47 sq mi (11.58 km2)|
|• Land||4.46 sq mi (11.56 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)|
|Elevation||151 ft (46 m)|
|• Density||893.82/sq mi (345.07/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Jackson is a town in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 3,842 at the 2010 U.S. census, down from 4,130 in 2000; the 2020 population estimates program determined Jackson had a population of 3,707. It is part of the Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area.
The town of Jackson was founded in 1815 as the seat of justice for Feliciana Parish before the parish was divided into East and West. The town was a major commercial center and a center for education, earning it the title "Athens of the South". Legend holds that the town was originally called "Bear Corners" for the many wild black bears crossing nearby Thompson Creek, and that it eventually took its name from General Andrew Jackson, who reportedly camped there with his troops on the return trip north after the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.
Jackson was the parish seat only until 1824, when Feliciana Parish was split into two parishes, with Clinton selected as the new seat of government in East Feliciana.
Jackson was the location of the College of Louisiana from 1825 until 1845, and then the Methodist-affiliated Centenary College from 1845 until 1908, when it relocated to Shreveport.
The East Louisiana State Hospital was founded in Jackson in 1847.
Jackson is located on the western edge of East Feliciana Parish at 30°52′15″N 91°12′52″W / 30.87083°N 91.21444°W (30.837588, -91.214436). The town's western border is Thompson Creek, which is also the border with West Feliciana Parish. Louisiana Highway 10 passes through Jackson, leading east 12 miles (19 km) to Clinton and west 12 miles to St. Francisville overlooking the Mississippi River.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Jackson has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.15%, is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||1,265||31.7%|
|Hispanic or Latino||159||3.98%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,990 people, 750 households, and 488 families residing in the town.
Arts and culture
The Republic of West Florida Historical Museum and its 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge Old Hickory Railroad are located in Jackson. Other points of interest include the Centenary State Historic Site and Feliciana Cellars Winery.
Colleges and universities
A branch of Baton Rouge Community College is presently located in Jackson.
Primary and secondary schools
East Feliciana Parish School Board serves Jackson.
Schools within Jackson include:
- East Feliciana High School
- Jackson Elementary School
- Kendell Beckwith, linebacker for NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- John Welch Jones, M. D. (1826-1916)
- Junius Wallace Jones, major general of the United States Air Force
- Eddie Robinson, football coach in College Football Hall of Fame
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