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History, other topics to be taught in Oxford seminars

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March 28, 2017
By Zach Tyler, The Anniston Star Staff Writer
OXFORD — There’s no sign for the tiny cemetery, Hunter Gentry knows, where headstones hide in bamboo across U.S. 78 from the Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

“There are a lot of people buried out there,” Gentry said — based on research he’s done, maybe more than 200 of them — though only about a quarter have headstones.

“It’s like they didn’t even exist,” the 22-year-old said Monday of the people who’d been buried there longest — likely descendants of slaves.“They had lives, too.”

Gentry sees digging into the past to uncover and record the lives of the earliest residents of what’s now Oxford as both job and obsession. Monday night he was to give a presentation on the Snow and Simmons families, who between them owned much of the land that became the city’s downtown.

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