John Cofield

Published on July 11th, 2023 | by John Cofield


John Cofield’s Photo of the Week: “St. Peter’s Cemetery”

“Bluebirds still swoop through the old cedars, and deer and silver fox roam the ancient boxwoods. Quiet, except for the owls calling in the dark, and mourning doves crying at dawn. Beautiful, bucolic St. Peter’s Cemetery, a few blocks northeast of the Oxford Square, is full of ghosts: the final resting place of an American Revolutionary War hero, a Confederate general, a Supreme Court Justice, Oxford’s yellow fever victims, a Hall of Fame football coach, writer Willie Morris’ beloved Labrador Retriever, Pete, and Oxford’s most famous citizen, Nobel Laureate, William Faulkner… along with the oridinary men and women who built Oxford, Mississippi, through the years.” – Lisa Howorth

Old St. Peter’s Cemetery. Photograph by Natalie Maynor.

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grew up in Oxford. John 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 Ole Miss annual photographer. Four generations of the Cofield family have contributed to Oxford's pictorial history.

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