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
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.