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Oxford in Lafayette County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Burns “Belfry” Church

 
 
Burns "Belfry" Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2017
1. Burns "Belfry" Church Marker
Inscription. Site of Oxford's first African American church, organized by former slaves in 1869-70. First called Sewell Chapel. In 1900, the church was renamed Burns Methodist Episcopal Church. The original wooden building was replaced in 1910 by the present structure. The congregation moved to a new location in 1973.
 
Erected 2000 by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 34° 22.04′ N, 89° 31.364′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Mississippi, in Lafayette County. Marker is on East Jackson Avenue (Mississippi Route 314) east of Martin Luther King Jr Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 710 Jackson Avenue East, Oxford MS 38655, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mississippi Central R.R. Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Freedmen Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Oxford & Lafayette County Blues (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lafayette County Courthouse (approx. mile away); Lafayette County Confederate Monument
Former Burns Church (Now the Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2017
2. Former Burns Church (Now the Burns-Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center)
(approx. mile away); Oxford (approx. mile away); Oxford Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Oxford-University Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
Also see . . .  The Story of Burns Belfry. (Submitted on April 17, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
Current use of church. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2017
3. Current use of church.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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