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

Freedmen Town

 
 
Freedmen Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2017
1. Freedmen Town Marker
Inscription. After the Civil War, many freedmen from Lafayette County moved into Oxford; settled in the area bounded by Jackson Avenue, Price Street, the railroad and 9th Street; bought land, built houses, schools and churches; and exercised the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The residents named their neighborhood Freedmen Town.
 
Erected 1996 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° 22.056′ N, 89° 31.404′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Mississippi, in Lafayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Drive and East Jackson Avenue (State Route 314), on the right when traveling south on Martin Luther King Jr Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 611 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. Burns "Belfry" Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi Central R.R. Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Oxford & Lafayette County Blues (approx. mile away); The Oxford-University Depot
View west on Jackson Avenue, marker can be seen to right of hydrant. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 8, 2017
2. View west on Jackson Avenue, marker can be seen to right of hydrant.
(approx. mile away); Lafayette County Courthouse (approx. mile away); Lafayette County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oxford Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oxford (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
Also see . . .  Oxford Eagle article: Freedmen Town changing with time but still home to longtime residents. (Submitted on April 17, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African Americans
 
 
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 146 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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