Saturday, December 4, 2021

John Cofield's Oxford and Ole Miss: Oxford's Finest Hour

Most small towns mark their worth and validate their greatness by remembering and telling the stories of their time in the spotlight. The night the boys won the state championship, the native son who went on to the Governor’s mansion or the little girl who grew up to be crowned Miss Mississippi.
Oxford has all of those and many more: National Champions, Miss Americas, Super Bowl MVP’s, writers, celebrities and a whole host of true life characters who have made the local, state, national and international news. We’ve had more “15 minutes of fame” than most small towns could even dream about.
Yet still, our finest hour tolled some 4,443 miles from Lafayette County as King Gustaf Adolf VI of Sweden presented the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature to William Cuthbert Faulkner of Oxford, Mississippi.

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.
Check out Cofield’s new book: Oxford, Mississippi ~ The Cofield Collection — a pictorial history book with John’s writing on the history to go along with the photos.
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