Details for James L. Farmer, Jr.

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507015236


Marker Number 15236
Atlas Number 5507015236
Marker Title James L. Farmer, Jr.
Index Entry Farmer, James L., Jr.
Address 1604 New York Ave.
City Austin
County Travis
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 622864
UTM Northing 3349663
Subject Codes civil rights; African American topics
Marker Year 2008
Marker Location 1604 New York Ave.
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text James L. Farmer, Jr.(Jan. 12, 1920-Jul. 9, 1999)Civil rights leader James Leonard Farmer, Jr., son of Pearl (Houston) and Dr. James L. Farmer, Sr., lived here as a child from 1925-30. James, Sr. taught at Samuel Huston College (now Huston-Tillotson University). In 1942, James, Jr. founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which trained civil rights leaders in Ghandi-inspired nonviolent civil disobedience tactics to protest racial discrimination. Under Farmer's leadership, CORE organized the 1961 "Freedom Riders" to desegregate interstate transportation in the Deep South. Farmer was an Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Deparment of Health, Education, and Welfare (1969-1970). He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. (2008)

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