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John P. Parker Historic Site

300 North Front Street, Ripley, OH 45167, USA

John P. Parker was a slave in Alabama prior to 1845; however, he was apprenticed as an iron molder and raised $1,800 to purchase his freedom. He left Alabama and settled in Ripley, Ohio, in 1845, where he lived until his death in 1900. Parker is credited with aiding 400 slaves escaping through Ripley on the Underground Railroad. He made forays at night across the Ohio River into Kentucky to bring slaves to Ohio. Parker was also influential in recruiting African American troops for the 27th Volunteer Infantry Regiment in Ripley.


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From I-275 take State Route 32 (Appalachian Highway) to U.S. 62/68 exit, 62/68 dead ends into U.S. 52 at Ripley, Ohio. Turn right onto U.S. 52, turn left at first stoplight (Main and Second), and turn right on Front Street. The Parker House will be located 3 blocks down on Front Street.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, handicapped access, gift shop, museum.

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Admission Fee

Tours: Adults $4.00, students $2.00


(Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day) Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Sunday: 12:00-5:00 P.M.; (Labor Day-October 31) Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Sunday: 12:00-5:00 P.M.; or by appointment.



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