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The Burns-Belfry Story

Burns Methodist Episcopal Church was organized by freed African Americans who settled in the area known as “Freedmen Town” after the Civil War. The current church building was erected in 1910 and played a major role in the lives of many African Americans until 1974...

Attendees at the September 21, 2013 Burns-Belfry dedication were the first visitors to see the museum exhibit.
By Darlene Copp
March 2014
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By Darlene Copp
October 2013

Burns-Belfry’s Two-Stage Exhibit

View the Burns-Belfry Museum Dedication Video

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OMS Students Learn African American History

OMS visit march 2014
Students checking out exhibit at Burns-Belfry Museum

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, eight Oxford Middle School classes and their teachers walked to and from the Burns-Belfry Museum to learn some African American history. Volunteers Boyd Harris, Wanda Nelms, and Elsie Pugh greeted them and gave them an orientation to the museum. To plan a school outing, contact Darlene Copp at 513-9957 or via email

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This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation as awarded to the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation