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Re: [GA] James Benjamin Parker born Atlanta 1857

Included within the Matthews Collection, a private collection supporting the work of the United States Colored Troops Institute at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, is an issue of the Saturday Globe of September 14, 1901, depicting a color scene of James Parker capturing the assassin of President Mckinley. Several books about the tragedy are also included in the Matthews Collection.

Also in the Matthews Collection is a copy of the marriage certificate of one James Parker of Savannah, GA to Francis Simmons of Savannah during 1917. This Parker served in the Civil War using a couple of alias, one being James Parler, the name of my grandfather's brother who came out of slavery along with my grandfather in SC. There is the potential that the Parker of the Mckinley tragedy was the son of the Civil War soldier or a relative. I am currently conducting additional research.

Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associate Dean
and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs
Office of Academic Affairs
Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY 13820

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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