2014 Historic Marker Ceremony
The City of Oxford Historic and Architectural Preservation Commission (HAPC) will present three plaques this year. The program will begin at 5:30 pm at the Oxford Community Arts Center.
Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend the event and find out who this year’s recipients are! While you visit you can see the beautiful historic restoration underway at Oxford Community Arts Center. The marker program is completely a local recognition, but there are also state and national marker programs. To receive a marker, the applicant must compile a historical record of the property, complete with photographs, and be able to justify the property’s significance to the City of Oxford HAPC.
About the Historic Marker Program
The marker program was started in 2009 and has been instrumental in helping citizens become aware of the rich historical heritage in Oxford. Since 2009, there have been 15 markers granted. This year’s featured speaker will be local author Jacky Johnson. Jacky is the archivist of the Western College for Women Memorial Archives. The title of Jacky’s speech is “Cephas Burns: Undiscovered Builder.” Mr. Burns was an African-American and skilled artisan of stonemasonry. In 2012, Jacky received a grant from the American Library Association of Ohio to study the Burns family.
Pictured is a 2013 ceremony photograph of Commission members presenting a marker to members of the Oxford United Methodist Church, which is the tallest building in Oxford and an icon of the Oxford skyline.