Still, William

Still, William,

1821–1902, American abolitionist, b. Burlington co., N.J. After he moved to Philadelphia (1844), he began working for the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society (1847) and became head of its vigilance committee, which aided escaped slaves. Often called the "father of the Underground RailroadUnderground Railroad,
in U.S. history, loosely organized system for helping fugitive slaves escape to Canada or to areas of safety in free states. It was run by local groups of Northern abolitionists, both white and free blacks.
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," he organized a network of abolitionists and safe houses to coordinate the passage to free states and Canada of hundreds of escaped slaves who came through Philadelphia. He kept records of each person's family and destination, with the aim of eventually reconnecting those who had become separated under slavery. His accounts were published as The Underground Railroad (1872). Still, who was a leader of the city's black community and a successful businessman, selling stoves and running a coal company, also lobbied successfully for the desegregation of the local public transit system (1867).
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(15.) Still, William Grant, "A Vital Factor in America's Racial Problem," The William Grant Still Reader, Essays on American Music, edited by Jon Michael Spencer.