William Still/ Pennsylvania Antislavery Society Office
One of the most famous Underground Railroad operatives in the United States, William Still worked at the Pennsylvania* Anti-Slavery Society at the corner of 5th and Arch Streets during the late-1840s and 1850s. He aided more than 900 fugitive slaves, including Henry Box Brown (who sent himself to freedom in a box from Virginia) and Jane Johnson (who fled from her North Carolina master on the Philadelphia waterfront). A writer, businessman, and reformer, Still also battled against racial prejudice in Philadelphia. After the Civil War, he led the struggle against segregated streetcars. In 1872, he published a massive book of stories about his work on the Underground Railroad, which remains popular today. He died in 1902.
*Audio tour incorrectly states that this is called the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society.
Document: William Still, "The Underground Railroad" (Philadelphia, 1872). Frontispiece portrait of William Still. CLICK HERE to view record on WolfPAC, the Library Company’s collections catalog.
Graphic: Peter Kramer, "The resurrection of Henry Box Brown at Philadelphia" (Philadelphia, 1850). Lithograph. William Still is second from the right. CLICK HERE to view record on ImPAC, the Library Company’s digital collections catalog.
Document: William Still, "The Underground Rail Road - Endorsements of Prominent Men" (Philadelphia, 1873). Prospectus. CLICK HERE to view record on WolfPAC, the Library Company’s collections catalog.
Document: William Still, "An address on voting and laboring" (Philadelphia, 1874). CLICK HERE to view record on WolfPAC, the Library Company’s collections catalog.