April 19. John Parker Day
John Parker Day 2024 - Friday April 19, 2024
John P. Parker was born into slavery in Norfolk, Virginia, but became a freeman by 1845. He moved to Rowley, Ohio with its active abolitionist community and followed his trade as an iron master by day while rescuing fugitive slaves by night. Free blacks such as Parker supplied most of the needed labor and finances to help escaped slaves. Parker, it is believed, helped hundreds escape to freedom across the Ohio River from Kentucky along the busiest segment of the railroad.
50 Plus DC
o find out about the roots of the American Revolution it is necessary to head around 35 kilometres (22 miles) out of Boston. Concord, Lincoln and Lexington are the places where in 1775 the colonists first took up arms to defend their liberty, and their actions led directly to the revolution. Although the sites where this took place are geographically spread out, they have been brought together as Minutemen National Historic Park. We visited in early January on a very cold and snowy day. The historic buildings and one of the Visitor Centers are closed in winter, but we still found the visit worthwhile. Summer visitors are offered the added experience of the interiors of the buildings with rangers in period dress.
Massachusetts State Quarter
Reverse of the Massachusetts state quarter. The coin features a design of "The Minuteman," a famous statue that stands guard at The Minuteman National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts. The Minutemen were important Revolutionary War forces of regular farmers and colonists who could assemble to fight at a minutes notice.