Ripley in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The John P. Parker Family
John Percival (1827–1900) & Miranda (Boulden) Parker (1831–1920)
— John P. Parker Memorial Park —
1. John P. Parker, Jr. (1849–1871), Oberlin College. Died while in college.
2. Hale Giddings Parker (1851–1925), Oberlin College and Law School. Was Superintendent & Lawyer.
3. Cassius Clay Parker (1851–1934), Oberlin College. Professor & at U.S. Post Office.
4. Horatio W. Parker (1856–1919), Indiana State Normal School. Teacher & at U.S. Post Office.
5. Hortense Parker (1859–1938), Mt. Holyoke Seminary. Teacher & Pianist.
6. Portia Parker (1865–1950), Oberlin College. Music Teacher.
7. Bianca Parker (1870–1930), Kimball Union Academy. Teacher.
Education was important to John Parker. He was born a slave, became self-educated. All of his children were college-educated. He had a vast personal library from which he would loan books to interested students. Parker was a mentor to Charles Young, both had an interest in reading & music. Educated in Ripley, Young borrowed books from Parker’s library. Charles Young was the 3rd African-American to graduate from West Point. He became a Colonel in the U.S. Army and served our country
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education.
Location. 38° 44.989′ N, 83° 50.944′ W. Marker is in Ripley, Ohio, in Brown County. Marker is on North Front Street north of Locust Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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 (a few steps from this marker); John P. Parker’s Early Life (a few steps from this marker); John Parker’s Path (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named John P. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker); Ripley / The John P. Parker House (within shouting distance of this marker); John P. Parker Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Residence of General Granville Moody (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
More about this marker. This interpretive panel has two images, portrait-photographs of Hale and Hortense Parker.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.