From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Parker, John P.

(born: 1827  -  died: 1900) 

Parker was born a slave in Virginia, son of a white father and a slave mother. He was sold south at 8 years of age but was able to purchase his freedom in 1845. Parker settled near Ripley, OH, where he became an Underground Railroad conductor. He is credited with assisting more than 1,000 escaped slaves across the Ohio River from Kentucky to Ohio. Parker was also a businessman and an inventor: he was one of the few African Americans to receive patents before the year 1900. For more see His Promised Land: the Autobiography of John Parker, ed. by S. S. Sprague; and Blacks in Science and Medicine, by V. O. Sammons.


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NKAA Source: His promised land : the autobiography of John P. Parker, former slave and conductor on the underground railroad
NKAA Source: Blacks in science and medicine

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“Parker, John P.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 28, 2020,

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