How many black inventors are there? How many inventions are there?
I’d love to know the numbers. Well, John P. Parker was a black man
who invented a screw for tobacco presses. His mother was black. His
father was white. He was working as a house servant and learned to read
and write that way. IN 1843, John was sent North with the owners as they
went to college. JOhn was soon brought back to Mobile when the physician
feared he might flee to the Northern territories.
In Mobile this grand man was a craftsman’s apprentice for an iron manufacturer anda learned to be a plasterer. John escaped to New Orleans but was captured trying to
flee by a riverboat and was returned to his owner. He became a molder and was
transferred to a New Orleans foundry where he could do extra work to earn money.
This enabled him to purchase his freedomin845 for the amount of $1,800.00
He was secretly a conductor on the Underground Railroad, eventually helping to
smuggle over 1,000 slaves to escape into free states like Indiana and Ohio. In
1848, Parker moved to Beachwood Factory, Ohio where he opened a general
store. 6 years later he opened a small foundry near Ripley, Ohio which
produced special and general castings. The Foundry eventually employed
over 25 workers and manufactured slide valve engines and reapers. In 1863, Parker
took on the role of recruiter for the 27th Regiment, US. Colored troop during the
United States Civil War and furnished castings to the war effort.
JOhn P. Parker has an impressive list of accomplishments. Don’t
forget his invention, Don’t forget he was also the conductor of the