“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

James L. Farmer, Jr.

(Jan. 12, 1920 - Jul. 9, 1999)

James L. Farmer, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, May 31, 2011
1. James L. Farmer, Jr. Marker
Inscription. 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. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1969-1970). He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15236.)
Location. 30° 16.344′ N, 97° 43.367′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on New York Avenue west of Leona Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1604 New York Ave, Austin TX 78702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Southgate-Lewis House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Simpson United Methodist Church
James L. Farmer, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, May 31, 2011
2. James L. Farmer, Jr. Marker
The marker is to the far left in this view of the house.
(about 500 feet away); Site of Old Anderson High School; Kealing Jr. High School (about 500 feet away); Desegregation of Texas High Schools (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Carver Branch Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); King-Tears Mortuary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thompson Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Wesley United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Also see . . .  James L. Farmer Biography. CORE-Congress of Racial Equality (New York Times 07/10/1999) (Submitted on June 8, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2011, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,273 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2011, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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