Anthony Gibbs Portraying John P Parker

Several members of the John P. Parker Historical Society recently visited the Ohio Historical Society, where we attended a  performance by Anthony Gibbs. Mr. Gibbs portrayed John Parker. His performance was wonderful: dynamic and inspiring.  And what’s more: his portrayal was historically accurate! Something we very much appreciated!

Anthony used excerpts from John Parker’s Autobiography. There were several questions from the audience about John Parker from those wanting to know more about this extraordinary man.

Anthony can do this portrayal for schools and other groups- we highly recommend it!

More about this program:

The Promised Land: John Parker and the Underground Railroad (Grade levels K – 12)

Travel back in time and experience the important abolitionist movement and struggle for freedom within the Underground Railroad. Meet John Parker, ex-slave, inventor, entrepreneur, and conductor on the Underground Railroad.  Learn all about the songs, signs, and dangers of escaping the “wretched” institution of slavery.  John Parker will have audiences on the edge of their seats as he recalls his experiences helping hundreds of enslaved men, women, and children cross the Ohio River into a new life of freedom.

  • Duration: 45 – 60 min.

To read more about Anthony , and his other portrayals such as Civil War Soldiers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and some programs for smaller children, please visit his website: or

the Greater Columbus Arts Council at . The second link includes information on programs available, prices, etc…



John P Parker Historical Society: Annual Meeting Photos

The John P Parker Historical Society held their annual meeting on March 21, 2010. More information to follow, but a great time was had by all.
Click any image below for photos of the event


Rise for Freedom: About the Opera

An interesting video from YouTube, where the “writer and composer share their involvement with creating one of Cincinnat opera’s most exciting peformances”- “Rise For Freedom” the John P. Parker Story. You can read more about the Opera at the Cincinnati Opera’s website.


Slideshow Tour of the House and more…


Parker Annual Meeting March 21st- Meet Brian Shellum

Brian Shellum BookThe John P. Parker Historical Society will hold their annual meeting at 1:30pm, March 21st.

Business will be conducted, and then our speaker will be featured at 2:00pm

This years speaker is Brian Shellum, author of two books on Charles Young- the most recent is :

Black Officer in a Buffalo Soldier Regiment

The book is:

“Brian Shellum traces the development, experiences, and extraordinary accomplishments of a pioneering black officer who broke through one racial barrier after another in the decades straddling the turn of the twentieth century. The author follows Charles Young on his far-flung adventures with the Buffalo Soldiers on the Great Plains and in Sequoia National Park, leading his troopers in combat in the Philippines and Mexico, and his service in Haiti and Liberia as the first African American military attaché. Shellum places in the context of his times a leader who came to epitomize African American manhood. In so doing the author reveals a true hero to his country and his race.”—Floyd Thomas, curator at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

You can read more about Brian Shellum at:


Documentary about John P Parker ?

Documentary film maker Peter Huston in the process of bringing John Parker’s life to film. Documentary film maker Peter Huston in the process of bringing John Parker’s life to film.

Visit his website for a preview of the documentary:
This dramatic documentary film project will present Parker’s life in his own words based on his autobiography “His Promised Land”.”


Parker House Featured in the New York Times

29under600-1A Bike Trail That Traces the Way to Freedom

“AMID the farmland just north of the Ohio River, thickets of sumac and maple trees hem the edge of a one-lane road, just as they might have lined the way to freedom two centuries ago…”
Read more at the Times


Hours For May, 2009

The Parker House will be closed on Sundays in May.


Images From the Parker House and Grounds

In preparation for our Spring 2010 Opening, we’ve put together some images related to the Parker House in a short slideshow. (Same as the one on the front page).


Annual Meeting at the Parker House : Sunday March 15, 2009

On Sunday March 15 at 1 PM the John P. Parker Historical Society will hold our Annual Meeting at the Parker House (330 N. Front Street).

Our speaker for this year is Gary Knepp, who will be discussing and signing his new book on the Underground Railroad in Clermont County called “Freedom’s Struggle”.

Mr Knepp will begin speaking at 2pm, after our business meeting. We hope you can join us!

Greg Haitz

President -John P. Parker Historical Society