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The James Farmer Collection

The James L. Farmer Collection includes a selection of images and audio-visual materials featuring James Farmer from Simpson Library's Special Collections and University Archives. Farmer was the founder of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), the organizer of the 1961 Freedom Rides, and a steadfast advocate for the principle of nonviolent resistance. James Farmer served as a professor in the History and American Studies Department at Mary Washington College from 1985 to 1998 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1998. (Special Collections and University Archives, Simpson Library, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.)

#7 March on Washington, Visit to Plaquemine, LA (James Farmer's Reflections). 1987. 27min. (captioned)

In these video segments, James Farmer explains the origins of the March on Washington, and how A. Philip Randolph directed the March. At the time of the March, Farmer was arrested due to his involvement in the Freedom Rides. He watched the March on Washington on a television set from jail. Farmer explains the collaboration of labor leaders and Civil Rights leaders. Then Farmer explains the beginning of his visit to Plaquemine, LA, where a peaceful march was attacked by state troopers who continued the attack through the night, searching specifically for Farmer who was hiding in a church and later a funeral home.

Farmer, James, 1920-1999
University of Mary Washington

[Transcript] link: crmvet.org/comm/farmer/007_march_washington_plaquemine.pdf

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