Source: Evening News
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Negro Defender on the Slab”
City of publication: San Jose, California
Date of publication: 3 April 1908
Volume number: 49
Issue number: none
|“Negro Defender on the Slab.” Evening News 3 Apr. 1908 v49: p. 8.|
|James B. Parker (death).|
|Leon Czolgosz [first name wrong below]; William McKinley; James B. Parker.|
Negro Defender on the Slab
Philadelphia, April 3. — Before a class of students
at the Jefferson Medical College the body of James B. Parker, colored, was placed
under the dissecting table here.
Parker was the man who beat Louis Czolgosz to the ground and disarmed him after the latter had fired two shots into the body of President McKinley at Buffalo on Sept. 6, 1901.
At the time of McKinley’s assassination Parker was a Pullman car conductor, but public praise soon turned his head and he gave up his position of the railroad. He subsequently failed to take care of himself[,] succumbed to tuberculosis and died penniless two weeks ago in the Philadelphia Hospital, where he was a patient in the insane department.
So far as is known he had no friends in this city at the time of his death, and the body was turned over to the State Anatomical Board. In this way it came into possession of the college authorities.
His brain will be examined by a noted alienist of the city within the next few days, and it is expected that it will prove one of the most interesting studies ever made in Philadelphia.