a free man in Burlington County, New Jersey, William Still
became a member of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society and
director of the General Vigilance Committee of Philadelphia.
He managed the committee's finances, which were used to assist
Harriet Tubman's rescue efforts. Still also established a network
of safe houses and contacts stretching from the upper South
also wrote William Still's Underground Railroad, an
abolitionist account of the freedom network, in which he championed
the hundreds of brave fugitives he interviewed as they made
their way to the North. In one interview, the author made the
dramatic discovery that the fugitive confronting him was his
own brother, a man from whom he had been separated since boyhood.
Still had intended to use his interview material to assist
other escaped slaves find their loved ones, he decided to compile
the detailed information he had gathered into a book. This
successful businessman first published William Still's Underground
Railroad in 1873, making sure that the work would have a wide
circulation by hiring agents to sell it in major cities.
Celebrates the Underground Railroad