Where Two or Three Gather In My Name: A History of the Burns-Belfry Restoration and Racial Reconciliation Between Churches in Oxford, Mississippi

Harris, Bracey (2013) Where Two or Three Gather In My Name: A History of the Burns-Belfry Restoration and Racial Reconciliation Between Churches in Oxford, Mississippi. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Curtis Wilkie from Journalism, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

This paper is an exploration of the intersection of race and religion in Oxford, Mississippi. In particular, it gives a history of the restoration of the Burns-Belfry Church in Oxford, Mississippi. The project was a cross-cultural effort to save the town’s first church built by freedmen in 1868. Many individuals worked together to save the town’s historic landmark. In addition, the work also examines attempts by churches in Oxford to improve race relations in the community. The work looks at how events held between these churches may be the key to forgiveness and racial harmony. The title is taken from the scripture Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.” Thirteen interviews with members of the Oxford Lafayette County Heritage Foundation, Oxford Development Association, and pastors from First and Second Baptist Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Burns United Methodist Church comprise the bulk of thesis. Information was also gathered from the archival collections in the JD Williams’s library, The Oxford Eagle, and The Daily Mississippian.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Harris, Bracey
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A.J. in Journalism
Thesis Advisor: Curtis Wilkie
Thesis Advisor's Department: Journalism
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F001 United States local history
Depositing User: Bracey Bracey Harris
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 18:57
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 18:57
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/171

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