Slavery Research Group Collaborates with Oxford Lafayette Co. Heritage Foundation to Create Online Historic Maps Project
By Christina Steube
OXFORD, Miss.–A partnership between the University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group and the Oxford Lafayette County Heritage Foundation and has resulted in a new online web resource that will provide historic maps of Oxford and Lafayette County to the public.
An unveiling of the online maps will be presented at the annual meeting of the OLCHF on Monday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 at the Burns-Belfry Museum.
The UM Slavery Research Group has partnered with OLCHF, the City of Oxford, the Center for Archaeological Research and the UM Geoinformatics Center to form the Historic Maps Project. The group has discovered and pulled together maps of Oxford and Lafayette County dating from 1835 to the present-day and includes civil war era and early 20th century maps.
The project involves the digitization and online display of these maps, which are aligned and layered onto each other so they can be used for research purposes to better understand the area and its history. There are plans to add more maps and historical information in the future and the LOU community is invited to help add material to the online resource.
The maps are housed on the Burns-Belfry website and a tutorial detailing how to navigate the site will be conducted at the meeting.
The meeting is open to the general public and everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.