Rankin County

Rankin County, Mississippi, named after United States Congressmen Christopher Rankin, is a county in which white men were the first to settle after the Indians. It emerged in 1828 shortly after Hinds County in 1821. As of 1960, only 30 black people in Rankin County were registered to vote. At the same time, Rankin County had two black people on circuit courts for the first time.

Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, Mississippi Department of Archives & History