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Port Gibson, Mississippi —  City  — Claiborne County Courthouse in Port Gibson Location of Port Gibson, Mississippi Coordinates: 31°57′22″N 90°58′59″W / 31.95611°N 90.98306°W / 31.95611; -90.98306Coordinates: 31°57′22″N 90°58′59″W / 31.95611°N 90.98306°W / 31.95611; -90.98306 Country United States State Mississippi County Claiborne Area  - Total 1.8 sq mi (4.5 km2)  - Land 1.8 sq mi (4.5 km2)  - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2) Elevation 118 ft (36 m) Population (2000)  - Total 1,840  - Density 1,048.0/sq mi (404.6/km2) Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)  - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5) ZIP code 39150 Area code(s) 601 FIPS code 28-59560 GNIS feature ID 0676254 Port Gibson is a city in Claiborne County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,840 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Claiborne County[1]. Contents 1 History 2 Mississippi Blues Trail 3 Geography 4 Demographics 5 Education 6 Notable residents 7 References 8 External links 9 Gallery Photos History Chartered as a town on March 12, 1803, Port Gibson is Mississippi's third-oldest settlement, being occupied in 1729. Port Gibson was the site of several clashes during the American Civil War and played an important role during Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. The Battle of Port Gibson occurred on May 1, 1863, and resulted in the deaths of over 200 Union and Confederate soldiers. The battle was a turning point in the Confederates' ability to hold Mississippi and defend against an amphibious attack. Port Gibson has many historic buildings, including the Windsor Ruins, which have appeared in several motion pictures. Many of the town's historic buildings survived the Civil War because Grant believed the city too beautiful to be burned. Although Port Gibson no longer has a Jewish community, it boasts the only Moorish Revival building in Mississippi, the old Gemiluth Chessed synagogue. Mississippi Blues Trail A historic marker has been placed by the Mississippi Blues Commission in Port Gibson commemorating the contribution the The Rabbit's Foot Company has made to the development of the blues in Mississippi. This places the site on the Mississippi Blues Trail.[2] Geography Port Gibson is located at 31°57′22″N 90°58′59″W / 31.95611°N 90.98306°W / 31.95611; -90.98306 (31.956243, -90.983124)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), all land. Demographics As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,840 people, 692 households, and 447 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,048.0 people per square mile (403.7/km²). There were 787 housing units at an average density of 448.2 per square mile (172.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 19.40% White, 80.00% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population. There were 692 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.9% were married couples living together, 27.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.33. In the city the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 80.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $24,848, and the median income for a family was $28,958. Males had a median income of $28,036 versus $21,115 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,928. About 26.0% of families and 31.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.9% of those under age 18 and 26.3% of those age 65 or over. Education The City of Port Gibson is served by the Claiborne County School District. It is also home to the Chamberlain-Hunt Academy, a Christian military boarding school. Notable residents Constance Cary Harrison, author, born in Port Gibson References ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.  ^ "Mississippi Blues Commission - Blues Trail". www.msbluestrail.org. http://www.msbluestrail.org/blues_trail/. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Port Gibson, Mississippi History of Port Gibson's Jewish community (from the Institute of Southern Jewish Life) The Battle of Port Gibson High Resolution Photos from Grits Photography Gallery Photos Beautiful Lake Hamilton outside Port Gibson The Episcopal church in downtown Port Gibson v · d · eMunicipalities and communities of Claiborne County, Mississippi County seat: Port Gibson City Port Gibson Unincorporated communities Carlisle | Hermanville | Pattison | Russum