His Promised Land

His Promised Land

The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad

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Baker & Taylor
A colorful narrative, originally dictated to a journalist following the Civil War, chronicles the experiences of John P. Parker, a young slave forced from his family, who escapes, is caught, earns his way out of slavery, and becomes a key abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Norton Pub
An unusual and stirring account of the rarely told story of how the underground war against slavery was foughtand sometimes won. This narrative, never before published, was dictated to a newspaperman after the Civil War. It follows John P. Parker, a determined young slave who is forced from his family in Virginia and made to walk to Alabama, where he is sold to a doctor. Escaping to New Orleans, after a series of harrowing near-captures, he is found by his master and returned to Mobile. He convinces a widow to buy him and earns his way out of slavery through working in a foundry. Moving to Ohio, Parker becomes a major member of the abolitionist movement in Ripley, a stronghold of the Underground Railroad.

Blackwell North Amer
This narrative, never before published, was told to a newspaperman after the Civil War. It follows John P. Parker (1827-1900), a determined young slave who at the age of eight was forced from his family in Virginia and made to walk to Alabama.
In Mobile, Parker was sold to a doctor. There he was taught illegally by the doctor's sons to read. Parker lived in the doctor's household for several years, and then ran away to New Orleans. After a series of harrowing near captures, Parker was found by his master and returned to Mobile. He persuaded a widow to buy him and let him earn his way out of slavery through working in a foundry. Moving to Ohio, Parker worked with other members of the Underground Railroad in Ripley, a stronghold of the abolitionist movement.
Parker is one of the few African Americans whose battle against slavery we can now turn to in his own words. He recounts dramatically how he helped fugitive slaves to cross the Ohio River from Kentucky and go north to freedom. He risked his life - hiding in coffins, diving off a steamboat into the Ohio River with bounty hunters on his trail - and his freedom to fight for the freedom of his people.

Baker
& Taylor

A narrative originally dictated to a journalist following the Civil War chronicles the experiences of a former slave who became an abolitionist

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [1996]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780393039412
0393039412
Branch Call Number: BIO Parker 1996
Characteristics: 165 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Sprague, Stuart 1937-

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