Ripley in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Ripley / The John P. Parker House
Although noted as a port, Ripley is best remembered as an abolitionist stronghold. Many of its citizens, including Rev. John Rankin and John P. Parker, served as conductors on the famed “Underground Railroad.” The notoriety of Ripley’s anti-slavery network perhaps eclipsed that of nearby Cincinnati, earning the town a reputation as the “Black Hole of Abolitionism.”
This is the restored home of John P. Parker, a noted African-American entrepreneur, inventor, and abolitionist. Born into slavery in Virginia in 1827, Parker purchased his freedom as a young man in Alabama. Parker later settled in
During the Antebellum years, Parker became an important, if unheralded, conductor on the Underground Railroad, risking his life to aid more than nine hundred fugitive slaves in their journey to freedom. Parker also recruited soldiers for the Fifth United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. The story of Parker’s efforts to guide escaped slaves across the Ohio River is told in his autobiography, entitled His Promised Land. The Parker House received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1997.
Erected 2001 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, John P. Parker Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 N Front St, Ripley OH 45167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John P. Parker’s Early Life (within shouting distance of this marker); The John P. Parker Family (within shouting distance of this marker); John Parker’s Path (within shouting distance of this marker); John P. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named John P. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); John P. Parker Memorial Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Residence of General Granville Moody (about 400 feet away); Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for the John P. Parker House. “The house is all that is left of a larger manufacturing complex built about 1853 for the business of John Parker, which originally included a machine shop, blacksmithy, and foundry. Most of these facilities were damaged or destroyed by a fire in 1889, and were not rebuilt by Parker. Ripley was a hotbed of abolitionist sentiment in the antebellum period, and it was thus a well-known (Submitted on June 18, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.