Dr. Freddie L. Parker
Dr. Freddie Parker was born and reared in Hillsborough, North Carolina
He received the B.A. in History from North Carolina Central University in 1975, the M.A. in History from NCCU in 1977 and the Ph.D. in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987.
He is the Julius L. Chambers Endowed Professor of History at North Carolina Central University. He is the author of the books, Running for Freedom: Slave Runaways in NC, 1775-1840 and Stealing a Little Freedom: Advertisements for Slave Runaways in NC, 1791-1840.
On November 19, 2008, Dr. Parker was appointed by Governor Mike Easley to the newly created African American Heritage Commission, and reappointed by Governor Beverly Perdue in 2009. He was appointed by Governor Easley to the North Carolina Historical Commission in 2001 and reappointed in 2007; he is past chairman of the North Carolina Historical Highway Marker Commission; he is past chairman of the board of the African American History Project Advisory Board at Tryon Palace in New Bern. He served as the North Caroliniana Scholar-in-Residence at Shaw University in Spring 2010. In October 2010, he was elected vice-president of the Historical Society of North Carolina, and became its president in 2011. In January 2011, he was selected as a member of the North Caroliniana Society. In November 2013, Parker was awarded the Christopher Crittenden Award by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Society for his contributions to the teaching, researching, and preservation of North Carolina History.
He recently appeared on several PBS and BBC television specials, including: Why Celebrate Juneteenth? Reparations for Slavery, Blacks in Civil War North Carolina, Blacks in Reconstruction North Carolina, Slavery in North Carolina,The Residual Effects of Slavery, and Slavery in the Making of America, for The University of North Carolina Center for Public Television, and The Gospel Truth for the British Broadcasting Company.
Parker is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History,the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences, and a recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award.