Midnight, Mississippi

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Midnight, Mississippi
—  Unincorporated community  —
Midnight, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Midnight, Mississippi
Coordinates: 33°02′58″N 90°34′24″W / 33.04944°N 90.57333°W / 33.04944; -90.57333Coordinates: 33°02′58″N 90°34′24″W / 33.04944°N 90.57333°W / 33.04944; -90.57333
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyHumphreys
Elevation112 ft (34 m)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code39115
Area code(s)662
GNIS feature ID673539[1]
 
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Midnight, Mississippi
—  Unincorporated community  —
Midnight, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Midnight, Mississippi
Coordinates: 33°02′58″N 90°34′24″W / 33.04944°N 90.57333°W / 33.04944; -90.57333Coordinates: 33°02′58″N 90°34′24″W / 33.04944°N 90.57333°W / 33.04944; -90.57333
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyHumphreys
Elevation112 ft (34 m)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code39115
Area code(s)662
GNIS feature ID673539[1]

Midnight is an unincorporated community located in Humphreys County, Mississippi. Midnight is approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Louise and 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Silver City along Mississippi Highway 149.

Although Midnight is unincorporated, it has a zip code of 39115.

In the 2000s, resident Gwen McKenzie and other Midnight residents lobbied to have a highway sign installed that indicated the direction to Midnight. In 2009 the streets in Midnight received names and numbers.[2]

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Demographics

As of 2010 Midnight has fewer than 200 residents.[2]

Geography

Shashank Bengali of McClatchy Newspapers said that Midnight "feels like a place whose time has expired." Bengali explains that the clapboard houses, which were built almost one century before 2010, "rot on their cinder-block legs, tilting at crazy angles" and that Midnight's principal road is "dotted with abandoned or half-burned cabins that, older residents complain, young men disappear into to shoot dice or smoke pot as the days fade into dusk."[2]

Government and infrastructure

Houses in Midnight did not have street addresses until 2009. Midnight does not have a sewage system. Shashank Bengali of McClatchy Newspapers says that Midnight's electricity is "spotty."[2]

Midnight once had a small United States Postal Service (USPS) post office that had survived the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.[2] On October 5, 2002 the Midnight Post Office closed.[3] By 2010 it had been demolished as part of the USPS's service cuts.[2]

Education

Residents are zoned to the Humphreys County School District.

In Popular Culture

In the 2000 film, Where the Heart Is, starring Natalie Portman, an older couple came from Midnight, Mississippi to reprimand Novalee for having her baby out of wedlock.

References

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Midnight, Mississippi
  2. ^ a b c d e f Bengali, Shashank. "Mississippi Delta: the land economic recovery never visits." McClatchy Newspapers. April 11, 2010. Retrieved on September 23, 2010.
  3. ^ "Postmaster Finder Post Offices by Discontinued Date." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on September 23, 2010. "10/05/2002 MIDNIGHT MS HUMPHREYS COUNTY 39115"