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Near Massaponax in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James Farmer, Civil Rights Leader

 
 
James Farmer, Civil Rights Leader Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
1. James Farmer, Civil Rights Leader Marker
Inscription. James Leonard Farmer was born in Texas on 12 Jan. 1920. In 1942, he and other Civil Rights leaders founded the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in Chicago. CORE used Gandhi-inspired tactics of nonviolent civil disobedience to protest discriminatory practices against blacks. Under Farmerís leadership, in the spring of 1961, CORE organized “Freedom Riders” to desegregate interstate transportation in the Deep South. He was an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1969–1970). Farmer taught at Mary Washington College (1985–1999) and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. Farmer died on 9 July 1999. His house stands east of here.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 113.)
 
Location. 38° 11.101′ N, 77° 30.763′ W. Marker is near Massaponax, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Massaponax Church Road (County Route 608), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker
Marker on Rt. 1 image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
2. Marker on Rt. 1
, measured as the crow flies. Road to Guinea Station (a few steps from this marker); Federal Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Massaponax Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Massaponax Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plantations on Guinea Station Road (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stanardís Mill (approx. 2.5 miles away); Mud Tavern (approx. 3.7 miles away); "If It Takes All Summer" (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Massaponax.
 
Also see . . .  James Farmer, Civil Rights Giant in the 50's and 60's. (Submitted on July 15, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Civil RightsNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,248 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of James Farmerís house • Can you help?
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