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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.)

#10 Freedom Summer, Death of CORE Volunteers (James Farmer's Reflections). 1987. 29min. (captioned)

In these video segments, James Farmer discusses the Freedom Summer of 1964, in particular, the disappearance and death of three CORE staff in Neshoba County, Mississippi. He talks about how CORE sent volunteers to see if the local black community knew what had happened to the three men. He describes the deaths of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman at the hands of a mob that included the sheriff’s deputy and a Baptist preacher. Farmer ends, though, with the fact that Freedom Summer was still successful in registering black voters.

Farmer, James, 1920-1999
University of Mary Washington

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