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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.)

#8 Plaquemine, LA, Escape from Mob (James Farmer's Reflections). 1987. 27min. (captioned)

In these video segments, James Farmer continues the story [Lecture 7] of the march in Plaquemine, LA and his escape from a lynch mob that included state troopers. He explains how he barely escaped from the mob in a funeral hearse that got him past the roadblocks to New Orleans. He returned to Plaquemine the next day to turn himself into the local authorities; however, there was no warrant for his arrest. Farmer learned from sources that the
state troopers had intended to beat him bloody that night and let the mob kill him.

Farmer, James, 1920-1999
University of Mary Washington

[Transcript] link: crmvet.org/comm/farmer/008_plaquemine.pdf

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