"We Cannot Walk Alone:" Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August 2003.






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Boles Family
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“The Boles family owned one of the first African-American businesses in Oxford. In 1893, W.R. (Robert) opened his shop on the Oxford Square, and by 1910, Boles and his wife, Jessie Orange Boles, owned a building on the northwest side of the Square that housed his shoe shop, along with the Threlked Barbershop and a cafe named Pete's Place.
Boles helped the African-American community with loans for taxes and other needs. He owned rental housing and was a member of the Burns United Methodist Church.”

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