The John P. Parker House and Museum Reconnaissance Survey
The NPS prepared this reconnaissance survey report for the John P. Parker House and Museum in Ripley, Ohio to provides a preliminary evaluation of its likelihood to meet the criteria for potential inclusion in the National Park System.
John P. Parker (1827-1900) is best described as a champion for civil rights who struggled to obtain freedom and equality for himself and other African Americans. His involvement in the Underground Railroad, the nation's first civil rights movement, and his later activities as an entrepreneur and mentor encouraged African American self-determination in pre- and post-Civil War United States.
A reconnaissance survey typically examines the issues of national significance, suitability, feasibility, and level of National Park Service (NPS) management required, and determines whether further evaluation through a congressionally authorized special resource study should be considered. The NPS concluded that additional study is warranted and recommended that Congress consider authorizing a special resource study to further evaluate the site for inclusion in the National Park System; invite public involvement in the study process; and develop potential management alternatives for the John P. Parker House and Museum.
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Tokey Boswell, Chief of Planning and Compliance
Interior Regions 3, 4, and 5