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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lafayette County, Mississippi

Clickable Map of Lafayette County, Mississippi and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lafayette County, MS (62) Calhoun County, MS (4) Marshall County, MS (29) Panola County, MS (10) Pontotoc County, MS (27) Tate County, MS (7) Union County, MS (12) Yalobusha County, MS (10)  LafayetteCounty(62) Lafayette County (62)  CalhounCounty(4) Calhoun County (4)  MarshallCounty(29) Marshall County (29)  PanolaCounty(10) Panola County (10)  PontotocCounty(27) Pontotoc County (27)  TateCounty(7) Tate County (7)  UnionCounty(12) Union County (12)  YalobushaCounty(10) Yalobusha County (10)
Oxford is the county seat for Lafayette County
Adjacent to Lafayette County, Mississippi
      Calhoun County (4)  
      Marshall County (29)  
      Panola County (10)  
      Pontotoc County (27)  
      Tate County (7)  
      Union County (12)  
      Yalobusha County (10)  
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1 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Abbeville — Abbeville Colored School
The Abbeville Colored School was built in 1950 as part of Mississippi's school equalization program, in which to forestall integration, new schools were built for Black students. Half of the funding for the original, four- classroom building . . . Map (db m219952) HM
2 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Abbeville — Tallahatchie River Defense Line
Following their defeat in the battle of Corinth, Confederate forces, now under Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton, established a line of defense on the Tallahatchie River in November 1862. Union Gen. U.S. Grant, moving down the Mississippi Central Railroad, . . . Map (db m102633) HM
3 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — 2008 Presidential Debate
The first presidential debate of 2008 between Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain was held at this site on September 26, 2008. National and international media coverage of the event brought the world to Ole Miss and Oxford. . . . Map (db m219879) HM
4 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Buckner-Craig-Isom Cemetery
Buried here between 1837 and 1865 are early settlers of Lafayette Co. Among these is the grave of John J. Craig, purchaser of the Indian lands that are now Lafayette Co. and donor of the site of Oxford.Map (db m102979) HM
5 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Buckner's Trestle
Buckner's Trestle was a wooden bridge built by the Mississippi Central Railroad in the late 1850s. This trestle was the site of two train wrecks. On February 25, 1870, the 3pm mail carrier left Oxford heading south toward Water Valley. The . . . Map (db m219834) HM
6 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Burns "Belfry" Church
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 . . . Map (db m102880) HM
7 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Cedar Oaks
Cedar Oaks was built ca. 1857 by architect and builder William Turner. After surviving the Union occupation of Oxford during the Civil War, the house was moved to this site in 1963 by local clubwomen after the house was threatened by . . . Map (db m219924) HM
8 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Delta Gamma Fraternity
Delta Gamma, a national collegiate women's fraternity, was organized during the 1873 Christmas season at the Lewis School, located here. Its founders were three students, Eva Webb, Mary Comfort and Anna Boyd, who were unable to go home to . . . Map (db m219875) HM
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9 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Dr. Thomas Isom's Drug Store and Medical Office
Site of the drug store and medical office of Dr. Thomas Dudley Isom Considered to be the first white settler of this region Building circa 1889 – restored 1988 The Oxford Courthouse Square Historic District National Register . . . Map (db m219916) HM
10 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Falkner House
Built in 1931 as the home of Murry and Maud Falkner, the parents of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. The house stands on land purchased in 1898 by J.W.T. Falkner, William Faulkner's grandfather.Map (db m219909) HM
11 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — First Baptist Church
Organized on May 8, 1842, by the first pastor, William Hosea Holcombe. On June 11, 1843, Charles G. Butler and William H. Caruthers were ordained the first deacons.Map (db m219921) HM
12 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Freedmen Town
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 . . . Map (db m102881) HM
13 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Jacob Thompson's "Home Place"
The mansion ca. 1853 located on this site was burned by Union troops in 1864. Two original outbuildings are included in the present house, built in 1869. Jacob Thompson (1810-1885), a native of North Carolina, moved to Pontotoc, Mississippi, in . . . Map (db m102991) HM
14 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — L. Q. C. Lamar House
Home of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar from 1868 to 1888. Lamar was an educator at the University of Mississippi; a colonel, 19th Miss. Inf., CSA; a U.S. congressman; senator; Secretary of the Interior; and an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme . . . Map (db m102883) HM
15 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Lafayette County Confederate Monument
Front In Memory of The Patriotism of the Confederate Soldiers Of Lafayette County, Mississippi. ______ They Gave Their Lives In A Just and Holy Cause. Erected 1907 Left side (West) A . . . Map (db m102994) WM
16 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Lafayette County Courthouse
The original courthouse was burned in August 1864 by Union Troops led by Gen. A. J. Smith. Judge R. A. Hill secured Federal funds to construct the present courthouse which was completed and occupied in January 1872.Map (db m102877) HM
17 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Lynching in America / Lynching in Lafayette County
Lynching in America Thousands of African Americans were victims of racial terror lynching in the United States between 1877 and 1950. During this era, racial terror lynching emerged as a stunning form of violent resistance to emancipation and . . . Map (db m219912) HM
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18 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Lynching in America / The Lynching of Elwood Higginbottom
Lynching in America Thousands of black people were the victims of racial terror lynching in the United States between 1877 and 1950. The lynching of African Americans during this era was a form of racial terrorism intended to intimidate black . . . Map (db m219923) HM
19 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Mississippi Central R.R. Campaign
On December 2, 1862, as the Confederates fell back to the Yalobusha River, Union Gen. U.S. Grant moved his headquarters from Waterford to Abbeville. On the 4th, he moved to Oxford, while his advance crossed the Yocona River. W.T. . . . Map (db m102879) HM
20 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Mississippi Central R.R. Campaign
As Gen. Pemberton's Confederates fell back from the Tallahatchie River on December 1-7, 1862, they fought a rear guard action at Oxford on December 2. To prevent the destruction of bridges over the Yocona River, Union cavalry under Col. T. . . . Map (db m219831) HM
21 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Oxford
Chartered in 1836 on Chickasaw cession land, Oxford was named for the university town in England and became home to the University of Mississippi in 1848. During the Civil War, Generals Grant and Sherman met in Oxford (1862), and the Square and many . . . Map (db m102878) HM
22 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — 143 — Oxford & Lafayette County Blues
Lafayette County’s blues history has encompassed a wide range of activity by scholars, promoters, record companies, and musicians. The nightlife of Oxford has welcomed both local performers and national touring acts. The most famous musician . . . Map (db m102876) HM
23 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Oxford Cemetery
E. 3 blocks. Here are buried L. Q. C. Lamar, statesman; A.B. Longstreet, author, educator; Wm. Delay, veteran of 3 wars; Sarah McG. Isom, first southern university faculty woman; & I.D. Isom; first white settler in county.Map (db m102682) HM
24 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Oxford-University United Methodist Church
Founded 1836 as Oxford Methodist Episcopal Church with circuit rider Wm. Craig as first pastor. Earliest presence of Methodism in community. Church home of many bishops, pastors and other church leaders, as well as chancellors of the . . . Map (db m219878) HM
25 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Porter L. Fortune, Jr. Cultural CenterThe University of Mississippi
Porter L. Fortune, Jr. served as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi from February 1969 through March 1984. With colleagues he conceived the idea of the cultural center at Ole Miss and worked throughout his administration to make the . . . Map (db m219874) HM
26 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Rosenwald School
On this site was a five-teacher, wood frame school building, ca. 1922-1936, used for rural African American education. It was one of more than 5,300 built in the South with matching funds contributed by the Julius Rosenwald Fund, black and . . . Map (db m219919) HM
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27 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Rowan Oak
Built c. 1848. From 1930 to 1962 home of novelist William Faulkner, who named it for the rowan tree, symbol of security and peace. Now maintained as a literary landmark by the University of Mississippi.Map (db m102988) HM
28 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — St. Peter's (1851), Episcopal
First Cathedral in Diocese. Distinguished members: F.A.P. Barnard, Rector, Chancellor of University of Miss., President of Columbia; Jacob Thompson, Secretary of Interior: William Faulkner, Nobel Prize winner.Map (db m219920) HM
29 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — The Oxford-University Depot
Built in 1872 by the Mississippi Central R.R. (later part of the Illinois Central line), this depot replaced an earlier structure burned during the Civil War. For many years, the depot was a hub of activity for the town and the University of . . . Map (db m102679) HM
30 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — Theora Hamblett House
An example of Carpenter Gothic architecture, this house was designed and built ca. 1872 by Swedish immigrant G.M. Torgerson, who designed numerous buildings in Oxford. In 1939, the house was purchased by Theora Hamblett (1895-1977), a . . . Map (db m219922) HM
31 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — University High School1930-1963
University High School, established in 1930, was a cooperative enterprise between the University of Mississippi and the City of Oxford to establish a model Demonstration High School and a Teacher Training Program. This was one of the first . . . Map (db m219899) HM
32 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — William Faulkner
The creator of Yoknapatawpha County, whose stories about his people won him the Nobel Prize, is buried twenty steps east of this marker.Map (db m102882) HM
33 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford — William Faulkner — Mississippi Writers Trail —
Winner of the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in New Albany on September 25, 1897, and moved with his family to Oxford as a child. He made an indelible mark on American letters by bringing a modernist literary . . . Map (db m219907) HM
34 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford, College Hill — College Church
Organized by Presbyterian settlers in 1836. Church building erected 1844-46 on land bought from N. Miss. College. Church and vicinity occupied by some 30,000 Union troops Dec., 1862. Wm. Faulkner married here, 1929.Map (db m219926) HM
35 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford, College Hill — College Hill Settlers
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36 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford, College Hill — Lafayette Agricultural High School
In the early 20th century, the former Male and Female Academy, which had been operated by the College Presbyterian Church, was acquired by the county and renamed the Lafayette Agricultural High School. A brick school was constructed in 1931. In . . . Map (db m219951) HM
37 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford, Community Green — University Faculty Houses
Twenty-one houses in Community Green were originally located on the University of Mississippi campus. Seventeen were built as early as 1939 using Public Works Administration funds. The first African American sorority on campus, the Theta Psi . . . Map (db m219918) HM
38 Mississippi, Lafayette County, Paris — Theora Hamblett
Artist Theora Hamblett, a lifelong resident of Lafayette County, was born in Paris, Mississippi in 1895. Known for paintings of colorful trees, childhood scenes, dreams and visions, much of her work was associated with her religious faith. . . . Map (db m219828) HM
39 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — "Dead House"
Originally built for use as magnetic observatory. Used as Confederate morgue after Battle of Shiloh in April, 1862. Also used by Gen. U.S. Grant in fall of 1862 and later by forces of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest.Map (db m102673) HM
40 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Barnard Observatory
Built 1857-59 by Chancellor F.A.P. Barnard, the Observatory housed the Physics and Astronomy Department until 1939 and was the home of chancellors until 1971. The West Wing, called McCain Hall, was used by the NROTC, 1947-89. The Observatory was . . . Map (db m102769) HM
41 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Barnard Observatory
Frederick A. P. Barnard (1809-1889) was the third president and first chancellor of the University of Mississippi, serving from 1856 to 1861. He joined the University of Alabama's faculty in 1838, and he started a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter there. In . . . Map (db m219853) HM
42 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Chucky Mullins Drive
A redshirt freshman defensive back for the Ole Miss football team, Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins suffered a tragic injury on October 28, 1989, in the homecoming game against Vanderbilt that left him paralyzed. Chucky's battle with his physical . . . Map (db m219836) HM
43 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Civil Rights MonumentJames Meredith
James H. Meredith, a Mississippi native of Kosciusko, stepped into the pages of history on October 1, 1962 when he opened the doors to higher education at the University of Mississippi and in the South. As a major figure in the . . . Map (db m102888) HM
44 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Confederate Soldiers Cemetery
Established during the Civil War, this cemetery was used for both Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the hospital at the University of Mississippi following the Battle of Shiloh. Shortly after the war, the Union dead were removed and . . . Map (db m219842) HM
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45 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — David Gaffney Sansing, Sr.
A Greenville native, Dr. David Sansing (1933-2019) served in the U.S. Army before beginning his teaching career in 1960. He served as a history professor on the faculty at Ole Miss from 1970 until his retirement in 1994 and was the author of . . . Map (db m219847) HM
46 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — 62 — Documenting the Blues
Front The University of Mississippi is internationally famous for its work in documenting and preserving African American blues culture. In 1983 the Center for the Study of Southern Culture acquired Living Blues magazine, which . . . Map (db m102770) HM
47 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — George Hall
In 1920, this building was dedicated in honor of James Zachariah George (1826-1897). Born in Georgia, George moved with his family to Mississippi in 1834, settling two years later in Carroll County. At the outbreak of war between the United . . . Map (db m219881) HM
48 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Guyton Hall
One of sixteen buildings built with funds from a special appropriation in 1928, Guyton Hall housed the student health center and the two-year medical school from 1934 until 1955, when the medical school was expanded into a four-year program and . . . Map (db m219891) HM
49 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Hilgard Cut
Constructed in 1858 to accommodate University of Mississippi students, this railroad cut was named for Dr. Eugene W. Hilgard (1833-1916), its designer and engineer. A native of Bavaria, Hilgard served as State Geologist from 1855 to 1873. A . . . Map (db m219871) HM
50 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Jeanette Phillips DriveThe University of Mississippi
Dr. Jeanette C. Phillips devoted her life to improving nutritional programs throughout Mississippi and the nation. She received her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Mississippi in 1954 & 1973, respectively, and later served as . . . Map (db m219840) HM
51 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Lamar Hall
In 1977 this building was dedicated in honor of Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II (1825-1893). Born in Putnam County, Georgia, Lamar moved to Mississippi in 1849. He joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi as adjunct professor of . . . Map (db m219857) HM
52 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Longstreet Hall
This building was dedicated in honor of Augustus Baldwin Longstreet (1790-1870), second president of the University of Mississippi. Born in Augusta, Georgia, Longstreet graduated from Yale and studied at Tapping Reeve's Litchfield, Connecticut, . . . Map (db m219895) HM
53 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Lyceum — The Circle Historic District
Lyceum — The Circle Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark This district possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America . . . Map (db m103003) HM
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54 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Silver Pond
Named in honor of James Wesley Silver (1907-88) History professor (1936-64) “He changed my life,” wrote a distinguished alumnus of this intellectually stimulating teacher, department chair (1946-57), president of Southern Historical . . . Map (db m219852) HM
55 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Society Of Professional Journalists Historic Site in JournalismThe University of Mississippi
Agence France-Presse journalist Paul Guihard was one of more than 300 journalists who watched the chaos surrounding the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi. He was murdered on campus near the student union around 9 P.M., . . . Map (db m102889) HM
56 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — The Lyceum
The Lyceum, which opened for the first University of Mississippi class in 1848, symbolizes the origins, endurance, and triumphs of higher education in Mississippi. During the Civil War, the building served as a hospital for Union and Confederate . . . Map (db m102753) HM
57 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — The Old Chapel
The Old Chapel was originally constructed in 1853 as a dormitory. Its design was later modified to include a large hall for student assemblies, commencement exercises, and meeting rooms for literary societies and student organizations. During the . . . Map (db m102675) HM
58 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — The Temple of the Star
The Mystical Seven secret fraternal society, founded at Wesleyan University in 1837, established the Temple of the Star here at the University of Mississippi in 1859. In 1879 the Temple of the Star merged its members and rituals with Beta . . . Map (db m219844) HM
59 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — To Our Confederate Dead1861-1865
Front To Our Confederate Dead 1861-1865, Left side They fell devoted, but undying; The very gale their names seem'd sighing: The waters murmur'd of their name; The woods were peopled . . . Map (db m102996) WM
60 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — 7 — University of Mississippi — Mississippi Freedom Trail —
Front On October 1, 1962, James Meredith broke the rigid segregation in Mississippi's higher education when he became the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Though federal courts had ordered his admission, . . . Map (db m102580) HM
61 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — University Park/Old Swayze Field
This location was the site of some of the earliest intercollegiate athletic contests in the state of Mississippi. The University of Mississippi is documented to have played baseball here by spring, 1893, and the first Ole Miss football game was . . . Map (db m219849) HM
62 Mississippi, Lafayette County, University — Ventress Hall
Constructed in 1889 at a cost of $35,000, this Romanesque Revival-style building served as the University's first library. Renamed in honor of James Alexander Ventress in 1985, this building has also served as the School of Law (1911-1929), State . . . Map (db m102677) HM
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May. 29, 2023