Oxford in Butler County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Freedom Summer 1964
In what was called the "Freedom Summer" of 1964, more than 800 volunteers, most of them college students, gathered at the Western College for Women (now Western Campus of Miami University) to prepare for African-American voter registration in the South. Three of the volunteers - James Chaney of Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner of New York - disappeared on June 21, 1964, in rural Mississippi mere days after leaving Oxford, Ohio. Their bodies were discovered forty-four days later, buried in an earthen dam. Ku Klux Klan members were later convicted on federal conspiracy charges. Erected in 1999, this outdoor amphitheater is a memorial to the slain activists, other volunteers, and ideals of the Freedom Summer movement. (Ohio Bi-Centennial logo)
Erected 2000 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Oxford NAACP, Miami University and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number OHS 9- 9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 30.107′ N, 84° 43.581′ W. Marker is in Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is on Western College Drive, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is on the Campus of Miami University behind Kumler Chapel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 Western College Dr, Oxford OH 45056, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alumnae Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Langstroth Cottage / Lorenzo Langstroth (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Verlin L. Pulley Tower (approx. half a mile away); William Holmes McGuffey House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The DeWitt Family / The DeWitt Log Homestead (approx. ¾ mile away); The Legend of the Baby in the Well (approx. ¾ mile away); William Holmes McGuffey (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mother of Fraternities (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
Categories. • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on September 1, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.