"It was clear in my discussions that they were never forced.This group were all friends," defense lawyer Andy Hyde told CNN. them all drinking beer together, laughing, joking on a couch. They moved to several different residences together." Hyde also claimed the mother denied beating the child to cops but later changed her story and said she was forced into it.
This is a story from the days of the interstate slave trade, when thousands of African Americans were sold "down-river" to the new cotton plantations of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
Revolts on board tran-Atlantic slave ships are common knowledge, but such is not the case with interstate slave trade rebellions.
No definitive count exists of revolts along the Ohio River, but there is reason to believe that far more happen than have made it into the historical record.
The Parker House is a National Historic Landmark, home of African-American abolitionist, John Parker.
John Parker advanced his status from former slave to successful patented inventor and businessman in Ripley before the Civil War, is credited with assisting virtually hundreds of slaves to make their way north to freedom through his Front Street home. Parker was born into slavery in 1827, the son of a black woman and white plantation owner.