Sharkey County

Sharkey County, Mississippi

PO Box 218
Rolling Fork, MS 39159
Phone: (662) 873-2755
Fax: (662) 873-6045

In central western MS, north of Vicksburg; organized Mar 29, 1876 from Warren, Washington, and Issaquena counties. Name Origin: For William Lewis Sharkey (1798-1873), MS legislator, circuit court judge (1832), and provisional governor (1865)

Area (sq mi):: 434.88 (land 427.71; water 7.17) Population per square mile: 14.00
Population 2005: 5,967 State rank: 81 Population change: 2000-20005 -9.30%; 1990-2000 -6.90% Population 2000: 6,580 (White 29.00%; Black or African American 69.30%; Hispanic or Latino 1.30%; Asian 0.30%; Other 1.10%). Foreign born: 0.40%. Median age: 30.80
Income 2000: per capita $11,396; median household $22,285; Population below poverty level: 38.30% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $15,377-$18,498
Unemployment (2004): 9.90% Unemployment change (from 2000): -3.10% Median travel time to work: 24.20 minutes Working outside county of residence: 31.70%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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4 (1913) The 1869 Sharkey County town of Anguilla, named for the
Rolling Fork, MS, January 29, 2016 --( Sharkey County is known for being home to the Mississippi Blues and President Teddy Roosevelt's famous bear hunt, and most recently for the launch of its new mobile-friendly website.
OF ALL THE well-documented hunting exploits of President Theodore Roosevelt, it is ironic that the most famous of his storied adventures was an unsuccessful black bear hunt in the swamps of Sharkey County, Mississippi.
During the period September to October 1999, water samples were collected at different locations in three replicates from the Big Sunflower River in the area near the Delta National Forest in Sharkey County. This area is about 51 miles north of Vicksburg.
Perhaps the most interesting of these photographs shows a beautiful columned house standing atop a mound at Mount Helena in Sharkey County (Figure 14).
Honorees, by county, are: Bolivar County: Indira Black; Washington County: Steele Davis, Steven King Sylvester Davis, Robert Cosey; Humphreys County: Eric Hill, Floyd Merritt; Holmes County: Lester Young Sharkey County: Kelvin Johnson, Sylvester Pinkins, John Crawford; Yazoo County: Wade Yeates, Don McGraw, Rachel Carr, Eddie Kirkland, Billy Davis, Andrew Ross, Robert Mitchell, William Small, John Milner, Fred Stuckey; Claiborne County: David Berry; Warren County: Lemar Davis; Hinds County: Roy Anderson, Val DeVellis; Madison County: Daniel Cauthen.
4(1915) Blues great McKinley Morganfield, better known as "Muddy Waters," was born in Rolling Fork in Sharkey County.
The Church of the Cross located in Rolling Fork in Sharkey County was erected in 1924.
Rolling Fork, the county seat of Sharkey County, has changed since its heyday in the early 20th century when it was a major railroad hub situated halfway between Vicksburg and Greenville.
The author visited Sharkey County each fall for several years to hunt black bear and deer, and he drew on these experiences to write several hunting stories, including "Race at Morning" and "The Bear."
The sun was angled in the west on Thursday, November 13, 1902; when an unscheduled locomotive towing only one car of the Illinois Central Railroad slowed but did not stop as it steamed on its way through the Sharkey County government town of Rolling Fork to its destination: an infrequently used sidetrack at Smedes Plantation near the southwest corner of the county.