Freedom River


John Parker was a slave who bought his own freedom and then went on to help other slaves to gain their independence on the Underground Railroad.  Based on the true story of one of the many escapes he supported, this is the story of one couple who fled Kentucky, a slave state, with their baby in their arms and arrived in Ohio, a free state.

Using his wits and relying on his faith, Parker helped as many as 900 slaves to escape. 32 pages   978-1423106340   Ages 6-10

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, ************** One thousand feet across the Ohio River lay Ripley, Ohio—and freedom. Before the Civil War, Kentucky was a slave state, while Ohio remained free. Time and time again, John Parker, an ex-slave who had bought his own freedom, led Kentucky slaves across a thin stretch of river to Ohio, and safety. These dangerous journeys demanded a tremendous amount of courage, planning, and faith.--from the publisher

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