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A Taste of Oxford, Mississippi

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DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT OXFORD?
  1. Oxford is a city in, and the county seat of, Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. As of the 2010 US Census, the population is 18,916. Oxford is the home of the University of Mississippi, founded in 1848, also commonly known as "Ole Miss."

  2. Oxford has been named by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the nation. It is included in The Best 100 Small Towns in America. Lafayette County consistently leads the state rankings in the lowest unemployment rate per quarter. Oxford City Schools are ranked as "Star" schools, the highest ranking available, and Lafayette County school systems are consistently ranked as "5-star" systems.

  3. In the postwar Reconstruction Era, the town recovered slowly, aided by federal judge Robert Andrews Hill, who secured funds to build a new courthouse in 1872. During this period many African American freedmen moved from farms into town and established a neighborhood known as "Freedmen Town", where they built houses, businesses, churches and schools, eagerly embracing education. They exercised all the rights of citizenship. Even after Mississippi disfranchised most African Americans in the Constitution of 1890, they continued to build their lives in the face of discrimination.

  4. During the Civil Rights Movement, Oxford gained national attention in 1962 as a combination of the governor and University of Mississippi officials attempted to prevent James Meredith, an African American, from integrating the University of Mississippi after he won a federal court case for admittance. Meredith began his quest for admission in January 1961, after watching John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech. Meredith sent a letter to the Registrar of The University of Mississippi requesting a catalog and an application for admission. University officials responded promptly with the materials and invited Meredith to apply. When officials learned from Meredith that he was African-American, his application was immediately rejected without comment, and Meredith's legal battles with the University began.

  5. Meredith was finally admitted in the summer of 1962 by a federal court in New Orleans, and made preparations to begin his studies in the fall of 1962. President John F. Kennedy, after secret telephone negotiations with Democratic Governor Ross Barnett, ordered United States Marshals to protect Meredith. Meredith traveled to Oxford under armed guard to register in late September 1962, and riots broke out in protest of his admittance. Thousands of armed volunteers flowed into the Oxford area to prevent Meredith's admittance. During the rioting, late on the evening of September 30, 1962, two men, a French journalist sent to cover the events, and a Lafayette County resident, Ray Gunter, were killed by stray bullets. During the riots by segregationists, cars were burned, federal marshals were pelted with rocks, bricks, small arms fire and university property was damaged. The Mississippi Highway Patrol, on campus to supposedly provide security for the University and for Meredith, stood by passively while the riots were taking place.

  6. Kennedy had mobilized the Army and ordered them onto the campus early on the evening of the riot, poor communication delayed their arrival in force until the following morning (Monday, October 1). Meredith enrolled that morning without incident and attended for the rest of the school year, graduating in August 1963 with a degree in history. During his time at the University, Meredith lived in Baxter Hall, which is now the telecommunications center for the university. A plaque has been placed inside the front entrance to Baxter Hall which recounts Meredith's time spent there. As recounted in Meredith's book Three Years in Mississippi, students on the floor right above Meredith's room tried to keep him awake all night by bouncing a basketball on the floor, he was constantly insulted with racial slurs whenever he left his room or the building, anonymous notes and letters were delivered to his mailbox on a daily basis, and unlike most first-year college students, he lived in a suite of several rooms. Two United States Marshals were with him 24 hours a day, with another contingent of marshals escorting him to class and elsewhere on campus.

Radio Stations


WMSB 88.9 FM Byhalia, MS Religious
W214BL (KLOV) 90.7 FM Oxford, MS Christian Contemporary
WAVI 91.5 FM Oxford, MS Religious
WUMS 92.1 FM University of Mississippi Top-40
WCNA 95.9 FM Potts Camp, MS Classic Hits
WWWN 96.5 FM Holly Springs, MS Hip Hop
KBUD 102.1 FM Sardis, MS Sports
WRBO 103.5 FM Como, MS Rhythmic Oldies
WTNM 105.5 FM Water Valley, MS Talk
WKRA 1110 AM Holly Springs, MS Gospel Music
WSAO 1140 AM Senatobia, MS Religious
WJBI 1290 AM Batesville, MS Oldies
WSEL 1440 AM Pontotoc, MS Gospel Music
WNAU 1470 AM New Albany, MS Oldies

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Demographics of Oxford, Mississippi

By Race

White

Black

Native American

Asian

Hispanic

Total Population

72.3%

21.8%

0.3%

3.3%

2.5%

Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.

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Businesses in Oxford, Mississippi


A small percentage of the businesses listed on BlackCityInfo.com may not necessarily be black owned and operated but have received favorable reviews from users who have visited the establishment, or from the owners themselves who warmly seek out African American patronage.


BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL

  1. Blessed Hands Salon -  Category: Hair Salons -   1505 Old Highway 7 N, Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 236-2051   - (visit website)

  2. Tammy's Hair Gallery -  Category: Hair Salons -   2508 University Avenue Oxford, MS (662) 236-2008  - (reviews)

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BLACK BUSINESSES - SERVICES - VENDORS ETC.

  1. Martha Thompson - Re/Max Legacy Realty -  Category: Realtor -  WE WORK FOR YOU! Buying or Selling, we make it happen!

    Looking for a new home or looking to sell your current home in Oxford, MS or the surrounding areas of Lafayette county? RE/MAX Legacy real estate agents have been providing superior service to the Oxford real estate market for over 45 years. Call today for one of our experienced real estate agents to help with your next home purchase, or take advantage of our listing abilities.  

    1923 University Ave. Office: (662) 234-5621 Cell: (662) 832-0515   - (visit website)

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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD

  1. Ajax Diner -  Category: Diner, Southern/Soul, Burgers -   118 Courthouse Sq Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 232-8880   - (visit website)

  2. Bofield's -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   1520 W. Jackson Ave. Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 281-1014   - (reviews)

  3. Emileigh's Table -  Category: Southern/Soul, Barbecue -   Pleinair In Taylor Oxford, MS 38673 (662) 236-7900

  4. Mama Jo's Country Cookin -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   1503 Old Highway 7 N, Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 513-0235   - (reviews)

Mama Jo's Country Cookin: Mama's Family   Mama Jo's Country Cookin: Mama's Family (video)
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CHURCHES



  1. Johnson's Chapel Church of God in Christ -  Hwy. 7 North Oxford, MS 38655 (404) 952-9220

  2. Rivers Hill Church of Christ -  06 Highway 334 Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 236-2456

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GOSPEL CHOIRS

  1. The University of Mississippi Gospel Choir    (video)

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