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Louisville, Mississippi
Main Street in Louisville, 2008
Main Street in Louisville, 2008
Location of Louisville, Mississippi
Location of Louisville, Mississippi
Louisville, Mississippi is located in the United States
Louisville, Mississippi
Louisville, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Winston
Area
 • Total 15.27 sq mi (39.56 km2)
 • Land 15.10 sq mi (39.10 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
Elevation
571 ft (174 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 6,631
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,983
 • Density 396.28/sq mi (153.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39339
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-42280
GNIS feature ID 0693835
Website City Website

Louisville (pronounced LEW-iss-vill) is a city in Winston County, Mississippi. The population was 6,631 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Winston County.

History

Like Winston County, Louisville is named for Louis Winston (1784–1824), a colonel in the militia, a prominent lawyer, and a judge of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Colloquialism

The town is pronounced by the locals as "Lewis-vull".

2014 tornado

On April 28, 2014, Louisville was hit by a EF4 tornado, which killed 10 people.

Geography

Louisville is located at 33°7′23″N 89°3′22″W / 33.12306°N 89.05611°W / 33.12306; -89.05611 (33.122931, -89.056182). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.3 square miles (40 km2), of which 15.1 square miles (39 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.44%) is water. It is known by many as the "Front porch of the South".

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 385
1880 418 8.6%
1890 484 15.8%
1900 505 4.3%
1910 1,181 133.9%
1920 1,777 50.5%
1930 3,013 69.6%
1940 3,451 14.5%
1950 5,282 53.1%
1960 5,066 −4.1%
1970 6,626 30.8%
1980 7,323 10.5%
1990 7,169 −2.1%
2000 7,006 −2.3%
2010 6,631 −5.4%
2019 (est.) 5,983 −9.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Louisville Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
Black or African American 3,895 64.15%
White 1,925 31.7%
Other/Mixed 120 1.98%
Hispanic or Latino 96 1.58%
Asian 28 0.46%
Native American 7 0.12%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 6,072 people, 2,309 households, and 1,589 families residing in the city.

Culture

Strand Theatre Louisville
The historic Strand Theatre in downtown Louisville; note that the Swastika incorporated into the building's facade is decorative rather than political, as the theatre antedates the Nazi era.

The American Heritage "Big Red" Fire Museum is located in Louisville. This museum features a collection of restored antique fire equipment and fire engines. The Strand Theatre, in downtown Louisville, is an historic movie theater which now serves as an art and music venue. Louisville native Carl Jackson plays an annual Christmas concert at the theater to raise money for the building's restoration.

Transportation

Mississippi Highway 14 enters east from the Alabama state line through Macon and when it enters in Louisville it is also known as Main Street. It leaves westbound eventually traveling to the Mississippi River where it ends.

Mississippi Highway 15 enters from the north from Ackerman, MS, then meets up with Mississippi Highway 25 just north of Louisville. M.S. 25 enters from the north from Starkville. M.S. 15 and 25 travel together along the western side of town. At the southern edge of town they separate: M.S. 15 traveling to Philadelphia & Interstate 20; and M.S. 25 to Jackson.

Education

Prior to 1970, Louisville maintained a dual system of schools for White and Black students. Black students were educated at the Louisville Colored School, also known as Camile Street School, whereas White students had their own schools, including Louisville High School. Several federal laws and U.S. Supreme Court decisions forced this to change. In 1967, due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the school adopted a desegregation plan that in theory allowed students to choose which schools to attend. When the courts mandated that the schools be integrated, students from Louisville Colored School were allowed to attend Louisville High School. In order to preserve a segregated education for White students only, a segregation academy, Winston Academy was created. The City of Louisville is now served by the Louisville Municipal School District and Louisville High School. Private schools in Louisville include Winston Academy, which as of 2020 was still over 99% white, and Grace Christian School.

Notable people

  • Van Chancellor, basketball coach
  • Thomas D. Clark, noted historian
  • Doug Cunningham, former professional football player
  • Drew Eubanks, American basketball player
  • Mark Hudspeth, football coach
  • Carl Jackson, country music songwriter
  • E. Grady Jolly, U.S. circuit judge
  • Andy Kennedy, basketball coach
  • Coby Miller, Olympic athlete
  • Matthew Mitchell, basketball coach, University of Kentucky Lady Wildcats
  • Kim Rosamond, basketball coach for Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
  • Lisa Stewart, country music singer and TV host
  • Marcus Thames, Major League Baseball player and coach

See also

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