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Walthall County Courthouse in Tylertown
Location of Tylertown, Mississippi
|• Total||3.29 sq mi (8.51 km2)|
|• Land||3.28 sq mi (8.49 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)|
|Elevation||295 ft (90 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||435.63/sq mi (168.21/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0690939|
The town of Tylertown was first known as the Magee Settlement. It was settled by emigrants of the Magee and Thornhill families, who came from South Carolina. J. Thornhill acquired the first tract of land for the settlement on September 20, 1816, after Native Americans were pushed out of the area. Cullen Conerly went there in 1850 and bought out the Garland Hart store and established a post office which was called Conerly's post office. The store and post office served as the social center of the community for over a half century.
The town bore the name Conerly's from 1848 to 1879. It was renamed as Tyler Town in honor of William G. Tyler; the name was shortened to one word in 1894. Cullen Conerly sold his mercantile interest to his brother-in-law Benjamin Lampton. He laid the foundation of the mercantile business of Tylertown.
The Tylertown Times (local newspaper) was started in 1907. Tylertown Insurance Agency, Inc. has been serving Tylertown's insurance needs since 1924. Luter's Supply, established in 1944, is a retail center for tubs, showers, and whirlpools. Jones Furniture opened in 1939. Tylertown's oldest pharmacy, Pigott's Drug Store, has been around since 1919. WTYL radio station came to Tylertown in 1969.
Tylertown is located at(31.116209, -90.142817).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) is land and 0.33% is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||609||40.2%|
|Hispanic or Latino||24||1.58%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,515 people, 618 households, and 382 families residing in the town.
Tylertown is served by the Walthall County School District. The schools are Tylertown High School, and Salem Attendance Center.
- Jameon Lewis - Pro Indoor Football Player and Mississippi State University Alumni
- Jon Hinson - politician; gay rights activist
- Ruby Bridges - activist
- Lester Holmes - former NFL player and Jackson State University Alumi
- George T. Johnson - former NBA player, member of 1975 champion Golden State Warriors
- Sylvester Magee - known as the oldest living slave
- H. Dean Pittman - U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique
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