John P. Parker

John P. Parker (HM2HWY)

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N 38° 44.97', W 83° 50.939'

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Abolitionist & Underground Railroad Conductor

—John P. Parker Memorial Park —

John Parker came to Ripley in 1847 and networked with other established conductors on Ripley's Underground Railroad: Rev. John Rankin; Thomas, Eli & Theodore Collins, & Rev. James Gilliland.

Before and during the Civil War, John Parker led a dual life, by night ferrying fugitives across the Ohio River and by day working as an iron molder. He was bold and fearless. Kentucky slave owners placed a $1,000 bounty on his head.

Parker, like Harriet Tubman, was an extractor, as Parker would go into slave territory to bring out those seeking freedom.

Recommended Reading: Parker's autobiography: His Promised Land, and Beyond the River by Ann Hagedorn.
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Date Added Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 252411 N 4292833
Decimal Degrees38.74950000, -83.84898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 44.97', W 83° 50.939'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 44' 58.2" N, 83° 50' 56.34" W
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