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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.)

#11 Bogalusa, Louisiana, Movement, Deacons of Defense and Justice (James Farmer's Reflections). 1987. 29min. (captioned)

Description: In these video segments, James Farmer discusses his multiple trips to Bogalusa, Louisiana. Since he received multiple death threats, the state of Louisiana offered police protection to him. Farmer discusses how it was difficult for the black defense group, Deacons for Defense in Justice, to trust the police protection because of prior discrimination and violence. One trip to Bogalusa involved a silent Civil Rights march where the local KKK leaders brought weapons to the march. Farmer states that without the police protection and FBI information on the movement of the KKK, he would have been dead.
Farmer, James, 1920-1999
University of Mary Washington

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Rights: Copyright is retained by Special Collections and University Archives, Simpson Library, University of Mary Washington. This item is available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Items may not be reproduced or used for any commercial purposes without prior written consent from the University of Mary Washington.

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