This month, the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library has an exhibit on black American history. The religious photos were taken by the late photographer Robert Jones Jr., a graduate of the Memphis Art Institute. Robert Jones Jr.’s works are located at the Center for the Study of Southern Folklore in Memphis, Tennessee. In the early 1980’s, Robert Jones was commissioned for photography by the original founder of the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival. The festival was the largest blues festival in the world at the time. Robert Jones Jr.’s works include photographs of the following blues artists: James “Son” Thomas, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, Koko Taylor, Lynn White, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Bo Diddley. Robert Jones’s works are permanently on exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute, and can be seen throughout the state.
The Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library exhibit belongs to the private collection of our staff member Ms. Terry Buffington.