|Who is it?||Actor, Soundtrack, Art Department|
|Birth Place||Ventura County, California, United States|
|Age||176 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||August 21, 1929 (aged 85–86)\nArlington, Virginia US|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1861–1929|
Parks was born a slave on March 19, 1843 in Arlington, Virginia to Lawrence Parks and Patsy Clark.
The first graves in Arlington National Cemetery were dug by James Parks, a former Arlington Estate slave. Parks was freed in 1862 under the terms of the will of his former owner, George Washington Parke Custis. He still lived on Arlington Estate when Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed the orders designating Arlington as a military burial ground. Parks served in the U.S. Army from 1861 to 1929 by working as a grave digger and maintenance man for the cemetery.
When Parks died on August 21, 1929, the Secretary of War Dwight Filley Davis granted special permission for him to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.