- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Oxford could take over maintenance of an historical black church now used as a community center.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1PJ3mzx ) aldermen recently put $25,000 into the Oxford Historic Properties Commission budget for care of Burns Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center. The deal hasn’t been finalized.

The center currently runs on donations and is staffed by volunteers.

Oxford already owns two historical properties - antebellum Cedar Oaks mansion and the L.Q.C. Lamar House and Museum.

The church was built in 1910 on the site where Oxford freedmen first built their own house of worship after the Civil War. A congregation used it until 1974.

John Grisham bought the building and used it as an office until he moved to Virginia. In 2002, he donated it to the community for restoration.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com


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