Ripley in Brown County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
John P. Parker’s Early Life
John P. Parker Memorial Park
• Born into slavery 1827
• First sold at age 8
• Forced to march from Norfolk Virginia to Mobile Alabama
• Bought by a doctor
• The doctor’s sons taught him to read and write
• Learned the trade of iron moulding
• Bought his freedom at age 18 for $1,800
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 38° 44.985′ N, 83° 50.956′ 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. The John P. Parker Family (a few steps from this marker); John Parker’s Path (a few steps from 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); Ripley / The John P. Parker House (within shouting John P. Parker Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Young in Ripley / Colonel Young's Achievements (within shouting distance of this marker); The Residence of General Granville Moody (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ripley.
More about this marker. This interpretive panel has two images of paintings. The first depicts a young slave boy reaching for his mother in vain as he is taken away in chains. The second, a young man purchasing his freedom.
Additional keywords. human trafficking
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.