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William Parker scrapbook

Identifier: HC.MC-975-04-012

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of the single volume scrapbook which 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 former slave who escaped slavery and became an abolitionist and activist in Pennsylvania, and was a key actor in the Christiana Riot, and described his memory of the event. It is not known who compiled the scrapbook.


  • 1910

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (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, Pa., 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 slaveholder Edward Gorsuch and a U.S. marshal, arrived at Parker's farm searching for runaway slaves. Parker, his wife, and their anti-slavery neighbors confronted Gorsuch's group. Gorsuch was killed and another member of his group was wounded.


0.04 Linear Feet (1 volume)




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

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September 2015.
William Parker scrapbook, 1910
Kara Flynn
September 2015
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