On June 22, 1836, three land speculators - John Martin, John Chisom and John Craig - donated 50 acres to the Board of Police for the formation of the city of Oxford. The name Oxford was proposed by a nephew of John Craig in hopes that the state legislature would place the new state university there. Oxford was chartered by the State of Mississippi on May 11, 1837, and the University of Mississippi opened its doors in 1848.
In a new pictorial history book by local authors Jack Mayfield and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation, over 200 vintage photographs document the people, places, events and scenes that have made Oxford a prime example of what life in a small southern town should be.
Highlights of Oxford and Ole Miss:
• Photographs culled primarily from the Patricia Brown Young Collection
• University photos dating from 1850s to 1950s
• A section on Oxford’s most famous resident, William C. Faulkner
The funds from the sale of this book will be donated to the restoration of the Burns Belfry, the first African American church in Oxford and soon to be a repository for the history of Oxford and Lafayette County families.
Meet the author!
Square Books – Wednesday, September 16 at 5 p.m. 160 Courthouse Sq., Oxford. Please contact (662) 236-2262 for more information.
The Ole Miss Bookstore – Saturday, October 10, time TBD. University, MS. Please contact (662)915-7137 for more information.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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