An African-American pastor from Oshkosh, Parker was a
well-known orator on behalf of the anti-slavery cause and the rights of
- Oshkosh Courier, May 4, 1860
"Byrd Parker, of this city, the well known Negro preacher and Lecturer,
died of Congestion of the lungs while absent on a lecturing tour in
the country last Monday. He was ill only two days. His funeral took
place on Wednesday from the Congregational Church."
- Waupun Times, May 9, 1860
"The Oshkosh Democrat announces the death of Byrd Parker, in some
degree a representative man of the colored population of this state.
He was on a lecturing tour, and was taken suddenly ill, while lecturing
on Saturday evening and died at seven o'clock on Monday morning, the
30th ult. Mr. Parker frequently lectured in this village, and was well
known to many of our Citizens."