Anthony Gibbs Portraying John P Parker

Several members of the John P. Parker Historical Society recently visited the Ohio Historical Society, where we attended a  performance by Anthony Gibbs. Mr. Gibbs portrayed John Parker. His performance was wonderful: dynamic and inspiring.  And what’s more: his portrayal was historically accurate! Something we very much appreciated!

Anthony used excerpts from John Parker’s Autobiography. There were several questions from the audience about John Parker from those wanting to know more about this extraordinary man.

Anthony can do this portrayal for schools and other groups- we highly recommend it!

More about this program:

The Promised Land: John Parker and the Underground Railroad (Grade levels K – 12)

Travel back in time and experience the important abolitionist movement and struggle for freedom within the Underground Railroad. Meet John Parker, ex-slave, inventor, entrepreneur, and conductor on the Underground Railroad.  Learn all about the songs, signs, and dangers of escaping the “wretched” institution of slavery.  John Parker will have audiences on the edge of their seats as he recalls his experiences helping hundreds of enslaved men, women, and children cross the Ohio River into a new life of freedom.

  • Duration: 45 – 60 min.

To read more about Anthony , and his other portrayals such as Civil War Soldiers, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and some programs for smaller children, please visit his website: or

the Greater Columbus Arts Council at . The second link includes information on programs available, prices, etc…