Wisner is a town in Franklin Parish, Louisiana. The population was 1,140 at the 2000 census.
The Holly Grove Baptist Church in Wisner was established in the post-slavery period after the American Civil War through the work of pastor Eldridge King David Swayzer. One of Swayzer's descendants, Frances Swayzer Conley, an English professor at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City and a resident of Shreveport has written a pictorial family history entitled Home To Holly Grove: Cherishing Our Rich Heritage. Home to Holly Grove.. In 1946, Wisner held the world's first international plow race, a light-hearted competition intended to engender a spirit of peace in the aftermath of World War II.
The town of Wisner has a total area of 0.8 square mile.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,140 people, 398 households, and 280 families residing in the town.
The median income for a household in the town was $21,654, and the median income for a family was $23,929. Males had a median income of $25,938 versus $15,156 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,528. About 30.2% of families and 38.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 58.6% of those under age 18 and 18.1% of those age 65 or over.
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