William Still

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William Still (October 7, 1821[1][2] – July 14, 1902) was an African-American abolitionist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a conductor of the Underground Railroad and was responsible for aiding and assisting at least 649 slaves to freedom towards North. Still was also a businessman, writer, historian and civil rights activist. Before the American Civil War, Still was chairman of the Vigilance Committee of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, named the Vigilant Association of Philadelphia. He directly aided fugitive slaves and also kept records of the people served in order to help families reunite.

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William Still
Image of Still, published in 1898
Born(1821-10-07)October 7, 1821
DiedJuly 14, 1902(1902-07-14) (aged 80)
Resting placeEden Cemetery (Collingdale, Pennsylvania)
  • Abolitionist
  • businessman
  • philanthropist
Known for
Letitia George
(m. 1847)

After the war, Still continued as a prominent businessman, a coal merchant, and philanthropist. He used his meticulous records to write an account of the underground system and the experiences of many escaped slaves, entitled The Underground Railroad Records (1872).