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This advertisement for the L.S. Parker Shoe Company ran in the 1900 Illustrated Sketch Book and Directory of Jefferson City and Cole County.

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The wages of prison labor

Landmark home belonged to Lester Parker, whose expert use of inmate labor eventually made him head of prison industries

Lester S. Parker was Missouri's first superintendent of prison-based industry. But he may better be remembered for his artistic works and service through First Baptist Church.


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