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History: African American History In Oxford


This guide attempts to provide 

  • A list of sources specifically on African Americans in Oxford as well as some general histories about Oxford and African Americans in Ohio
  • Search techniques for the genealogy databases, and FamilySearch
  • Contacts in Oxford and throughout Butler County for local history. Many materials are not digitized, nor even indexed.


Things to know about Oxford

Oxford was laid out in 1810, with Miami University open for classes in 1824. In 1830 Oxford was incorporated as a village, a designation that lasted until 1971 when Oxford became a city. The first school house was built in 1811, with a racially integrated school in 1886. The city of Oxford resides in Oxford Township. The City of Oxford has a PowerPoint presentation with basic dates. 


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