William’s mother was a runaway slave from Maryland who fled to New Jersey in order to join her husband. William Still was born in New Jersey and under state law, a free man. He had 17 brothers and sisters. In 1847, William started work as a clerk in the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society. He became a ‟conductor” in the Underground Railroad. As many as 60 escaped slaves a month passed through his station. William kept a journal in which he recorded the dates, names and biographies of those who passed through his Philadelphia home on their way north. He is often called “The Father of the Underground Railroad.” In 1872, he published The Underground Railroad Records, a book that helped reunite family members separated when they fled the South for freedom.
This William Still mug is part of our African American Series and Abolitionist series profiling outstanding men and women who have helped shape our country in important and positive ways.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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