Allen KenKnight has a collection like no other. Ever since his dad took him on his first Disney trip when he was 8-years-old, Allen has been collecting Disney memorabilia by the numbers. He has different rooms in his home decorated top to bottom with all things Disney, along with his mortgage office in Loganville. In his home there is a Winnie the Pooh, "Cars" and a Mickey Mouse room.
The Amitié Club of Oxford was organized in 1951 and is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The charter states, "The object of this organization shall be to strengthen the civic, social, moral and spiritual life of the community, to promote projects and to meet the needs of the community, to unite the citizens of the community in a mutual trust and faith and to keep its members appraised of the day." Meetings are held at members' homes with programs on various topics. The club currently has 18 members and two honorary members and is fortunate to have four of its charter ...
Fun in the mud: Sophomores at Oxford College recently staged a Mud Fest fundraiser, raising $400 at the event. The tug of war in a mud pit brought together student, faculty, staff and alumni, and marked the return of a school tradition of the 1960s and 1970s. To make a donation to the Oxford Sophomore Class Gift, contact Tammy Camfield, senior director of alumni relations, in the Oxford College Development and Alumni Relations Office at (770) 784-8414, or at email@example.com.
Work in progress: Oxford College art students paint large blocks of color on a wall next to Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, in preparation to paint a mural of Academy Springs Park with the Oxford College sightline in the distance. The mural is being sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, and the design was created by Oxford student Meredith "Mimi" Hacking and alumna Maria Veliotis. The students will began adding detail to the mural next weekend.
Local lecture: Mark Auslander, a Brandeis University anthropologist, talks about the history of slavery in Oxford and the story of Kitty Boyd, an enslaved woman who once belonged to Methodist Bishop James Osgood Andrew. The free lecture was attended by around 100 local residents and Oxford College students and was followed by a discussion about the statement recently released by the Emory University Board of Trustees, which expressed regret for the school's role in slavery.
The complex legacy of slavery will be the subject of two events this week in Newton County that focus on the story of Kitty Boyd, an enslaved woman who lived in Oxford and was the property of Methodist Bishop James Osgood Andrew.