New_Albany,_Mississippi Latitude and Longitude:

34°29′32″N 89°0′34″W / 34.49222°N 89.00944°W / 34.49222; -89.00944
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New Albany, Mississippi
"The Fair and Friendly City"
Location of New Albany, Mississippi
Location of New Albany, Mississippi
New Albany, Mississippi is located in the United States
New Albany, Mississippi
New Albany, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°29′32″N 89°0′34″W / 34.49222°N 89.00944°W / 34.49222; -89.00944
CountryUnited States
State Mississippi
County Union
 • MayorTim Kent
 • Total18.28 sq mi (47.35 km2)
 • Land18.23 sq mi (47.22 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
361 ft (110 m)
 ( 2020)
 • Total7,626
 • Density418.25/sq mi (161.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 ( Central (CST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 662
FIPS code28-51000
GNIS feature ID0694153
Website City website

New Albany is a city in and the county seat of Union County, Mississippi, United States. [2] According to the 2020 United States Census, the population was 7,626.


New Albany was founded in 1840 at the site of a grist mill and sawmill on the Tallahatchie River near the intersection of two Chickasaw trade trails. The town developed as a river port and as a regional center for agriculture and commerce. [3]

During the Civil War the United States Cavalry under Benjamin Grierson passed through New Albany on their way to raid Vicksburg, when they encountered Confederate troops attempting to destroy the bridge over the Tallahatchie. The Confederate troops fled and the bridge was preserved. [4]

Union County was formed from parts of neighboring Pontotoc, and Tippah Counties in 1870, with New Albany designated as county seat. [5] [6] In the late 1880s two railroads the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad and the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad came to New Albany. In 2013, a section of railroad was paved to become the Tanglefoot Trail, following the path of a rail that was once operated by author William Faulkner's grandfather. [7]

Lynching of L.Q. Ivy

In 1925 L. Q. Ivy, a 17-year-old African American boy, was accused of assaulting a White woman, who said Ivy "might be" her attacker. [8] A crowd of 4,000 gathered in New Albany and despite efforts from the victim's father and US senator Hubert D. Stephens to prevent a lynching, the crowd gained control, torturing and killing Ivy. [9] [10]

Suicide of Ronnie McNutt

In 2020, Ronnie McNutt, an Iraq war veteran, committed suicide in New Albany on a Facebook Livestream. The case was well-known because the video of his suicide was spread across social media platforms.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.1 square miles (44 km2), of which 17.0 square miles (44 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.35%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.Note
U.S. Decennial Census [11]

2020 census

New Albany Racial Composition [12]
Race Num. Perc.
White 4,319 56.64%
Black or African American 2,229 29.23%
Native American 11 0.14%
Asian 69 0.9%
Other/Mixed 276 3.62%
Hispanic or Latino 722 9.47%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 7,626 people, 2,971 households, and 1,911 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census [13] of 2010, there were 8,526 people, 3,049 households, and 3,027 families residing in the city. The population density was 476.1 inhabitants per square mile (183.8/km2). There were 3,329 housing units at an average density of 195.2 per square mile (75.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.98% White, 32.98% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 1.54% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.83% of the population.

There were 3,049 households, out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,730, and the median income for a family was $38,750. Males had a median income of $29,457 versus $20,579 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,507. About 14.7% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 23.3% of those age 65 or over.


From its inception until 1964, a segregated school system was maintained, with one set of schools for White students and another for Black students. In 1901, the first school building dedicated entirely to public education was built with 18 classrooms. The only high school in Union County for Black students was Union County Training School in New Albany, which was founded in 1812. [14] Like other schools for African-American students, the Training School was not government funded. In 1964, the school system began a slow process of integrating the races. Elementary schools were integrated first, then higher grades were added. Integration was completed in 1970, and at that time African American students made up 29 percent of the district’s students and 20 percent of faculty. [15]

Almost all of the city of New Albany is served by the New Albany School District while small portions are in the Union County School District. [16]

The city is the location of a satellite campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College located at 301 North Street.

The New Albany High School Bulldogs boys basketball team won consecutive state Class 3A titles in 1985, [17] 1986, [18] and 1987. [19] Former NBA player John Stroud coached the 1987 team. [20]



New Albany is bisected by Interstate 22 ( US Highway 78).

New Albany is connected to Ripley in the North and Pontotoc to the South by State Highway 15. Highway 30 connects New Albany and Oxford to the West and Booneville to the Northeast, although when traveling from Oxford towards Booneville an alternate route must be taken within the city limits.

New Albany is served by BNSF Railway (formerly St. Louis – San Francisco Railway) and the Ripley and New Albany Railroad (formerly Gulf, Mobile and Ohio). The two railroads cross downtown. A portion of rail has been paved to become the Tanglefoot Trail, the longest rail-trail in Mississippi.

New Albany was once a stop for Gulf, Mobile and Ohio's famous " Rebel" streamlined passenger train.

The town serves as the northern terminus of the Tanglefoot Trail, a major rail-trail within the state.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "New Albany (1840)". October 2015.
  4. ^ DeForest, Tim (June 12, 2006). "GRIERSON'S RAID DURING THE VICKSBURG CAMPAIGN". Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Union County". Mississippi Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Union County Mississippi USGenWeb Index Page".
  7. ^ Upholt, Boyce (17 July 2018). "SMALL TOWN SPOTLIGHT: New Albany". Mississippi Magazine. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  8. ^ Prince, David. "The Fiction of Atticus Finch Meets the Reality of James PrinceThe Fiction of Atticus Finch Meets the Reality of James Prince". University of Nebraska-Lincoln. American Judges Association. Retrieved February 7, 2023.
  9. ^ "Negro Confesses to Attacking Girl and is Burned at Stake". The Bristol Herald Courier. Bristol, Tennessee. September 21, 1925 – via
  10. ^ "The Lynching of L.Q. Ivy". New Albany Gazette. New Albany, Mississippi. October 18, 2000.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-08.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ "Former Union County Training School". August 19, 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2023.
  15. ^ "SCHOOL DESEGREGATION IN UNION COUNTY". Mississippi Civil Rights Project. Archived from the original on July 7, 2022. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  16. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Union County, MS" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-08-01. Retrieved 2022-07-31. - Text list
  17. ^ Spencer, Bill (10 Mar 1985). "New Albany captures 3A crown". Clarion-Ledger. p. D1. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  18. ^ Harden, Clay (9 Mar 1986). "New Albany makes Stroud proud". Clarion-Ledger. p. 9D. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  19. ^ Barber, Doug (15 Mar 1987). "New Albany gives Stone a hot Foote". Sun Herald. p. D1.
  20. ^ "East Mississippi (h)ires John Stroud". Sun Herald. 30 Apr 1988. p. D4. Retrieved 3 September 2022. East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba announced Friday the hiring of John Stroud as the new head basketball coach. Stroud has been coach at New Albany High School for the past three years, two of which he carried his team to the state Class 3-A basketball finals.