February 2 Birthday: John P. Parker. Inventor
John P. Parker, abolitionist, inventor
Feb. 2, 1827-Jan. 30, 1900
Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Jump At the Sun, 2000) This Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book recounts the story of ex-slave John P. Parker, and his efforts to assist others in gaining freedom through the Underground Railroad.
The Autobiography of John Parker, an Online Archival Collection at Duke University gives visitors information about Parker and links to Underground Railroad sites.