Enjoy Oxford visitors bureau has launched a new self-guided Black History Tour.
The map, with accompanying historical info, aims "to keep alive the memories of the brave Oxford citizens who fought for their right to occupy public spaces and who flourished in their passions despite systemic racism."
You can download a PDF of the tour or pick up a physical copy at 14 W. Park Place, Suite C. It includes 16 stops — a mix of public buildings, private residences and businesses — with stories and information.
The tour features, among other highlights:
- Bethel A.M.E Church, the oldest of Oxford’s four historically Black churches, with a congregation that’s more than 175 years old.
- The former home of Richard Burns, who served in the 9th Regiment, U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery during the Civil War and became the second Black American elected to the Oxford Village Council in 1886.
- Knoxy's Delicatessen, now known as Johnny's Campus Deli, which was built by Francis Theodore Knox and Ruth L. Knox in the late 1940s.
- And the burial place of famous Boogie-Woogie Jazz pianist and film star Maurice Rocco.