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Rolling Fork, Mississippi
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Location of Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Location of Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Rolling Fork, Mississippi is located in the United States
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Sharkey
 • Total 1.41 sq mi (3.66 km2)
 • Land 1.41 sq mi (3.66 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
105 ft (32 m)
 • Total 2,143
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,366.15/sq mi (527.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-63560
GNIS feature ID 694602

Rolling Fork is a town in Sharkey County, Mississippi. The population was 2,143 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Sharkey County.


Illinois Central Depot, Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Illinois Central Railroad depot in Rolling Fork

Thomas Y. Chaney located here in 1828, and was the first settler in the county. Deer Creek flows through the settlement, and Chaney called the place "Rolling Fork" because of the swiftness of the water at a fork in the creek there.

A post office was established in 1848.

When Sharkey County was established in 1876, Rolling Fork was made the county seat.

A newspaper, The Deer Creek Pilot, was established in 1884.

The Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway was built through Rolling Fork in 1883. It was later acquired by the Illinois Central Railroad.

In 1908, the Bank of Rolling Fork was established.

Rolling Fork had a population of 1,000 in 1906.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 91
1920 703
1930 902 28.3%
1940 1,320 46.3%
1950 1,229 −6.9%
1960 1,619 31.7%
1970 2,034 25.6%
1980 2,590 27.3%
1990 2,444 −5.6%
2000 2,486 1.7%
2010 2,143 −13.8%
2019 (est.) 1,929 −10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
Welcome to Rolling Fork
Welcome to Rolling Fork

2020 census

Rolling Fork Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 423 22.46%
Black or African American 1,392 73.92%
Asian 4 0.21%
Pacific Islander 3 0.16%
Other/Mixed 38 2.02%
Hispanic or Latino 23 1.22%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 1,883 people, 857 households, and 498 families residing in the city.


Public schools

The city of Rolling Fork is served by the South Delta School District. The district has three schools with a total enrollment of approximately 1,300 students.

Private schools

  • Sharkey-Issaquena Academy

Notable people

  • Robert Colby, songwriter and theater producer
  • Tommy Davidson, actor and professional comedian
  • Johnny Dyer, blues musician
  • Jack Holmes, professional football player
  • Larry Smith, professional basketball player
  • Willie Mae Ford Smith, gospel singer
  • Slick Watts, professional basketball player
  • Fielding L. Wright, Governor of Mississippi and 1948 vice-presidential candidate
  • Geraldine Pervical Atchley, First female pharmacist in the state of Mississippi

See also

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