Oxford Black History Plaques & Memorials

The City of Oxford and Miami University are continuing to put up important plaques and memorial spaces to make it easier than ever for all of us to find the specific spots where Black history in our town has taken place.


Cephas Burns Plaque

Cephas Burns was a master stonemason in Oxford and was responsible for many of the gorgeous stone footbridges, lamp posts, and buildings that make Miami University's Western Campus so unique.

In March of 2021, the Western College Alumnae Association dedicated a plaque in honor of Cephas Burns which can now be found on the Western Campus footbridge running south of the Western Dining Commons.

For more photos of the plaque, including a close-up photo so you can read the inscription, click here.


Freedom Summer Memorial

Located across from Peabody Hall on Miami University's Western Campus is the Freedom Summer Memorial, built in 2000 to honor the lives and bravery of the 1964 Freedom Summer volunteers.

This stunning memorial features stone benches with engravings that chronicle the events of the entire summer. There are also three trees fitted with steel sculptures to honor James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, the three volunteers who were murdered after leaving Oxford to do work in Mississipi.

Freedom Summer 1964 Mobile Experience- For more information about how to download the app to an iOS device, go to fsapp.lib.miamioh.edu.


Coming Soon

The summer of 2021 will see a new plaque erected in the Uptown Park to honor two lynching victims from Oxford's past: Simeon Garnett + Henry Corbin.

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