Rev. Escapees followed that light like a North Star. A Congregationalist minister named John Rankin had been the center of intense Underground Railway activity in Ripley. Ellis, Civilization In the words of an African American conductor on the Underground Promised Land: The Autobiography of John. At length he managed to save enough money to buy his freedom. By night, he'd smuggled hundreds of slaves out of Kentucky and sent them on their way to Canada. A former slave, he bought his freedom, puched out a white guy who stole his ideas for an agricultural invention This book spurred my interest in Afro-American history. John Rankin, whose lantern, hung nightly in his window, could be seen for miles into the woods of Kentucky. Aside from its academic significance, though, Parker's story is fascinating. But it was also Rankin who'd given Parker's rage at slavery the focus it needed. He tells of hairbreadth escapes, of being shot at, beaten, and for years carrying a thousand-dollar price on his head.
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As it turned out, Parker had a much larger story to tell. He created a foundry and a machine shop. Working closely with Rankin, Parker had, for fifteen years, lived a double life. He'd zapatista Rebel Groups in Mexico founded iron by day. Today, we follow a slave out of slavery. Parker is believed to have rescued more than 300 people. Stowe later said that. It took the courage and tenacity of hundreds of John Parkers finally to free us all from the nightmare years we spent trafficking in human slavery. Meanwhile, he learned the trade of iron molding.
John Parker was born a slave in Virginia but managed. With the publication of Parker s extraordinary memoir, we seem to have discovered the genuine article. The Autobiography of John.