William Still helped guide slaves to freedom!

Well, if you’re knowledgeable, you know about the history of black

people in slavery. And yes enduring such painful experiences of slavery

can make anyone flee. Being a slave in itself makes people flee.

Well, this one African American man named William Still was one

of those who helped runwayss get to Freedom’s Land. He had to

smuggle them across the US border to Canada. Bounty hunters could

back then legally abduct former slaves living in the free northern states.

Yet under the protection of the British, Canada provided sanctuary for

fugitive slaves.

William Still put his life on the line to help runaway slaves make

it to  freedom in the years leading up to America’s Civil War. Still was the

director of a complex network of Abolitionists, sympathizers and safe

houses that went from Philadelphia to Southern Ontario. He spent 14 years

helping about 800 former slaves to escape. He even kept meticulous records

of the many escaped slaves who passed through the Philadelphia station.

When the Civil War was over, Still published secret notes he had kept in

diaries during those years. Even today,  there is some of the best evidence

we have of the workings of the Underground Railroad  documented. It tells how the

freedom seekers who used it, where they came from, how they escaped,

and the families they left behind.

Well, he is truly a man with a heart of gold.  I just had to share

this information about him. History means alot more because of him.

He is passionate and his story is savory.

http://underground-railroad.lunchbox.pbs.org/black-culture/shows/list/underground-railroad/home/

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