Jonesville, Louisiana facts for kids
Motorists used the old Black River bridge in Jonesville prior to completion of the new structure to the right.
|Elevation||59 ft (18 m)|
|Area||1.9 sq mi (4.9 km²)|
|- land||1.9 sq mi (5 km²)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%|
|Density||1,291.4 /sq mi (498.6 /km²)|
|Mayor||Hiram Evans (D)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
Jonesville is the largest town in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States, at the confluence of the Ouachita, Tensas, and Little rivers. The three rivers become the Black River at Jonesville, though the "Black" is primarily the continuation of the Ouachita River. A new bridge has been built over the Black River. After some miles, the Black flows into the Red River.
The four rivers which intersect near Jonesville are all subject to flooding. There are surrounding soybean and cotton fields. An occasional plantation house is reminiscent of the former slavery-based economy that once empowered a few white planters. Former Native American mounds have long dissipated to make way for construction. The population shrank by half when a textile mill shut down in the late 1980s.
Skylar Dore case
Skylar M. Dore (born January 1985), the white Republican former police chief of Jonesville, was dismissed in 2016 after he posted profane and inflammatory comments on Facebook regarding the shooting of three white police officers by a lone black gunman in the capital city of Baton Rouge. The massacre occurred ten days after five officers were killed in Dallas, Texas. Many black residents, who make up more than two-thirds of the Jonesville population, saw Dore's message as "racist", and the majority-black town council soon removed him as chief. Reports also surfaced of unsubstantiated allegations that Dore, who was reared in New Iberia, Louisiana, had caused the death of a black man in custody while Dore was working in 2012 as a police officer in Baldwin in St. Mary Parish.
Hiram Evans, the first black mayor of Jonesville, recalls cross-burnings from the 1960s. Evans said that the Dore case left him “bewildered and surprised,” but Evans said that he does not know if Dore is actually a racist: "That's a situation between him and God."
Dore meanwhile operates FleX Fitness, the only gymnasium in Jonesville.
Jonesville is located at Concordia Parish is to the east across the Black River.(31.624934, −91.826339). Its northern border is formed by the Little River, while its eastern border is formed by the Black River. The confluence of the Ouachita and Tensas rivers to form the Black River is 0.4 miles (0.64 km) north of the town limits.
U.S. Route 84 passes through the town as 4th Street and leads east 16 miles (26 km) to Ferriday and west 23 miles (37 km) to Jena. Louisiana State Highway 124 leads north 10 miles (16 km) to Harrisonburg, the Catahoula Parish seat, and south 24 miles (39 km) to its end in Argo.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Jonesville has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,469 people, 916 households, and 620 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,291.4 people per square mile (499.1/km²). There were 1,032 housing units at an average density of 539.8 per square mile (208.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 39.77% White, 59.17% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.12% Asian, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.
There were 916 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.7% were married couples living together, 28.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the town, the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $18,622, and the median income for a family was $23,462. Males had a median income of $21,139 versus $18,482 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,173. About 31.1% of families and 36.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.7% of those under age 18 and 25.5% of those age 65 or over.
Catahoula News Booster office in Jonesville, a weekly newspaper which was owned by the late Sam Hanna from 1974 to 1988
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Jonesville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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