John P. Parker played a prominent role in the Underground Railroad network that operated in southwest Ohio. Additionally, Parker held three known patents and displayed his products at regional/national industrial expositions. Parker’s engineering skills and business acumen, however, have largely been overlooked. A coalition comprised of faculty and students from the University of Cincinnati, members of the John P. Parker Historical Society, and corporate donors formed in 2006 to preserve the industrial legacy of this African American entrepreneur. This project demonstrates some of the benefits and pitfalls of such complicated undertakings.
Preserving the Innovative Legacy of John P. Parker
Jason Krupar is an associate professor of history, Department of History, University of Cincinnati. While a faculty member of the OMI College of Applied Science, University of Cincinnati, he supervised two student senior engineering projects that were installed in the John P. Parker House Museum. He has published articles and book chapters examining preservation efforts within the Cold War nuclear weapons complex. His article, “Burying Atomic History: The Mound Builders of Fernald and Weldon Spring,” appeared in The Public Historian 29, no. 1 (Winter 2007).
Jason Krupar; Preserving the Innovative Legacy of John P. Parker. The Public Historian 1 February 2016; 38 (1): 48–68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2016.38.1.48
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