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Laid out in 1898, and named for its founder, J.W. Rule, the city was established as a cotton shipping point and a stop on the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad. Ruleville is in upper-central Sunflower County, in northwestern Mississippi. By the early 1900s, Ruleville had telephone and telegraph facilities, about twenty businesses, two white churches and one black church, a water works system, three public gins, and a public school system. The Bank of Ruleville was established in 1903. Ruleville is situated along US Highway 49-W, about fifteen miles from the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. Other nearby communities include Cottondale, Doddsville, Halstead, and Jaquith. Cleveland, Mississippi is about ten miles west of Ruleville. Fannie Lou Hamer, a Civil Rights activist, grew up as a sharecropper on a plantation near Ruleville.



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