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John P. Parker

John Parker is one of the black inventors who were born in Norfolk, Virginia. His mom was a slave but his father was a white man. In 1835 John was sold to one of the slave agents and eventually ended up residing in Alabama and his owner happened to be a physician. John had the pleasure of being a house slave and he was even allowed to learn to read and write with the physicians sons from time to time.

In 1843 John Parker was able to go back up North where he attended school with the physician’s sons. However, the physician began to fear that John would try to escape while in the north so he made him come back down to Alabama. When John returned he then learned the trade of plastering. However, he was abused by his employers and attempted to escape but his escape was unsuccessful.

John Parker once again went back into the work field except this time he was labeled as a molder and was sent off to New Orleans to work. By 1845 he had made enough money to purchase his freedom. As a free man John Parker decided that he wanted to live in Indiana. While in Indiana he also became one of the conductors of the “Underground Railroad” and managed to help over 1,000 slaves escape to freedom.

 

 

In 1848 John Parker decided to move to Ohio. Once in Ohio he opened up a small store yet six years later he advanced to opening up a small foundry. Then, in 1884 John Parker invented a screw for Tobacco press and had it patented the following year.

Through John Parker’s career he faced a lot of challenges yet at the end of the day he still managed to come out on top.

 
 
 
 

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