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James Farmer was a civil rights leader and professor at Mary Washington College. Teaching within the History and American Studies Department, he made a huge impact on his students. As a result, the UMW Campus has honored him as one of the key figures in the institution's history.
Farmer's years at Mary Washington College spanned from 1985 to 1998, and included several crucial moments in Farmer's personal history and in the history of Mary Washington. The following timeline uses diverse materials to overview the major highlights of these years.
Dr. James Farmer taught at the University of Mary Washington (then known as Mary Washington College) from 1985 to 1998 as a History and American Studies professor. He taught one class per semester about the Civil Rights Movement and the changes of race relations in America.