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.
The Oxford City Council has a full agenda for Tuesday, with public hearings on a change in the form of government for the city and a proposed homestead exemption, and a called meeting on changes to the city's retirement plan.
The Oxford City Council reviewed the proposed budget for 2011 at a work session Monday night. Council members requested additional changes to the budget and will meet again on Nov. 29 to discuss it further . They also reviewed amendments to the 2010 budget during their meeting.
The Newton County Board of Education is expected to discuss the naming of the new elementary school at its meeting Tuesday night, and members of the Oxford city council are working to make sure that even though the school will take the place of Palmer-Stone Elementary, it will not go by that name.
The oldest home in Oxford is currently for sale. It's Orna Villa, and it stands a bit off the main road through the small town. A peek inside the windows of the Greek Revival mansion show peeling wallpaper and a home in need of a loving family to bring it back to life. But although the home is devoid of furniture, if the rumors are true, it does come with its own ghosts.