Slave, freedom fighter, inventor, businessman; this is the amazing story of John P.  Parker based on his autobiography “His Promised Land”. 

John P. Parker, "The Conductor"

    A Release Length Dramatic Film and Documentary 
An extraordinary American

John Parker, born a slave in Norfolk Virginia, sold at the age of eight to a doctor in Mobile Alabama, and by 18 managed to buy his freedom and embark on an arduous journey north to settle in Ripley Ohio. After becoming a legend for his daring work as a conductor on the underground railroad, Parker shared the harrowing stories of failed escapes, his path to freedom and his gutsy heroism in leading fugitive slaves across the Ohio River. “How I hated slavery as it fettered me, and beat me, and baffled my desires, but in the end that unknown ancestor of mine gave me the will and the courage to conquer or die.”

Peter Huston and William Turpie, Producers


Produced in association with

                       The John P. Parker Historical Society                                             


                       MediaDesign Newssource                                                                                       

                       WGTE, PBS Toledo Ohio                                                                                               


Editorial Fomovideo

Director of Photography Bruce Lundeen

John Parker portrayed by Anthony Gibbs (Documentary Overview)

One of the first reviews of ‘His Promised Land’

said usually we need to invent our American Heroes,

you don’t have to with Parker” 

Betty Campbell, John Parker Historian

                       His Promised Land © 1996 John Parker Historical Society,

Take a look at this dramatic documentary film project overview. The film will present Parker's life in his own words based on his autobiography "His Promised Land".

"The Conductor", a documentary film project
C/O The John P Parker Historical Society
P.O. Box 246
Ripley, Ohio 45167

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