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Black History Month: William Still -The Father of the Underground Railroad

William Still Funded Harriet Tubman’s Rescue Missions

Mildred Europa Taylor | Face2Face Africa

One of William Still’s major accomplishments was teaching himself to read and write in a period when laws prohibited enslaved Africans and black people in general from doing so.

Despite having little formal education, he was able to read everything available to him and studied grammar. This will become useful in his later fight against slavery and racism.

While risking his own freedom to assist fugitive slaves, Still documented the lives and difficulties of the hundreds of runaway slaves he came into contact with.

This produced his popular 1872 book The Underground Railroad, which remains the only first-person account of activities on the Underground Railroad that was written and published by an African American.           Continue reading

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