Sunday, January 23, 2022

John Cofield's Oxford And Ole Miss: The Lyric On Van Buren Avenue

Photo by Oxford photographer Jim Hendrix at:

The Lyric on Van Buren Avenue has such a storied history on the street. Every single business within sight of it has flipped over a good many times. And for coming up on a hundred years now, the theater has stood strong as the centerpiece.
Over the Lyric’s shoulder and set back from the avenue is its sister landmark, the powerful and peaceful First Presbyterian Church. Among the Lyric’s decades and chapters, two carry rich history of first, the Falkners, then later, the Faulkners.

John Cofield is a writer and one of Oxford’s leading folk historians. He is the son of renowned university photographer, Jack Cofield. His grandfather, J.R. “Colonel” Cofield, was William Faulkner’s personal photographer and for decades was the Ole Miss yearbook photographer. Cofield attended Ole Miss as well.
Stay tuned for more information on Cofield’s forthcoming book: Oxford, Mississippi ~ The Cofield Collection — a pictorial history book with John’s writing on the history to go along with the photos.
Contact John at
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