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Uncovering William Still's Underground Railroad

I want to share a wonderful resource I recently found related to the Underground RR. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has begun work on a new digital history project about the Underground Railroad. The project focuses on the manuscript journal of William Still, known as the "Father of the Underground Railroad." This resource relates to the experiences of enslaved individuals and families who passed through Philadelphia between 1852 and 1857 and the covert networks that aided their escape.


There is a prototype websitesite, "Family Ties on the Underground Railroad," that uses excerpts from Still's texts to explore the experiences of three enslaved families: the Shephards, the Taylors, and the Wanzers. I'm not sure if a permanent site exists but you can view the prototype below.

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