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Aberdeen

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Aberdeen is the county seat of Monroe County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,612.Located on the banks of the Tombigbee River, Aberdeen was one of the busiest Mississippi ports of the 19th century. Cotton was heavily traded in town, and for a time Aberdeen was Mississippi's second largest city. Today Aberdeen retains many historic structures from this period, with over 200 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. In the spring of each year, Aberdeen hosts pilgrimages to its historic antebellum homes. The most prominent of these antebellum homes is The Magnolias, which was built in 1850.Located just outside the city, Aberdeen Lock and Dam forms Aberdeen Lake, a popular recreational area. Aberdeen Lock and Dam is part of the Tennessee-Tombigbee waterway system.HistoryIn 1540, Hernando DeSoto's expedition were the first Europeans to travel through the vicinity of Aberdeen.Aberdeen was first settled in 1834 and chartered as a town in 1837. In 1849, it became the county seat when Monroe County was formed.In 1889, an African-American man called Keith Bowen was lynched by a mob after he "tried to enter a room where three white women were sitting."Hiram Revels, the first African-American United States Senator, died on January 16, 1901, while attending a church conference in Aberdeen.
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