Little Known Black History Fact: Black Civil War Soldiers Receive Marker

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Last year, the Sons of the Union Veterans, the Smith Regional Library of Local History and the Oxford Chapter of the NAACP came together to complete the project during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. In a small ceremony, the family of the eight soldiers from John Brown Post 450 read their biographies. Those soldiers were: Martin Baylor, Alexander Churchman, George Johnson, George Poston, Thomas Rockhold, Henry Russell, Wesley Stephenson and John Thompson.

The final dedication to the soldiers was completed this past weekend and the black soldiers’ grave marker was finally completed in another ceremony where the plaque was presented to the city of Oxford.

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