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William Parker scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-04-012

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of clippings of an article on the Christiana Riot, published in 1910 by the Atlantic Monthly, but originally published in 1866. The article, "The Freedman's Story," was written by William Parker, a formerly enslaved person who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist and activist in Pennsylvania. He was a key actor in the Christiana Riot, and the article describes his memory of the event. It is not known who compiled the scrapbook.

Dates

  • 1910

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

William Parker (ca. 1822-1891) was born into slavery circa 1822, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, on the Rowdown plantation, the son of Louisa Simms. His father may have been a white man, though the identity of his father is not conclusively known. His mother died while Parker was young, and he was raised by his grandmother. In his late teens, Parker escaped slavery and settled in Christiana, Pennsylvania, where he married Eliza Ann Elizabeth Howard, with whom he had three children. Parker was a part of the Lancaster Black Self-Protection Society, and occasionally secretly housed slaves on the run. In 1851, while Parker was harboring runaway slaves, a group, including enslaver Edward Gorsuch and a United States marshal, arrived at Parker's farm searching for formerly enslaved runaways. Parker, his wife, and their anti-slavery neighbors confronted Gorsuch's group. Gorsuch was killed and another member of his group was wounded.

Extent

0.04 Linear Feet (1 volume)

Language

English

Overview

The scrapbook is comprised of clippings of an article on the Christiana Riot, published in 1910 by the Atlantic Monthly, but originally published in 1866. The article, "The Freedman's Story," was written by William Parker, a formerly enslaved person who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist and activist in Pennsylvania. He was a key actor in the Christiana Riot, and the article describes his memory of the event. It is not known who compiled the scrapbook.

Acquisition

The William Parker scrapbook was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1933 by Walter L. Moore.

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September, 2015.
Title
William Parker scrapbook, 1910
Author
Kara Flynn
Date
September, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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