Harriet Tubman Leads Seven To Freedom – Underground Railroad

This excerpt from “The Underground Railroad” by William Still documents seven fugitive slaves who were escorted from Maryland by Harriet Tubman. It’s easy to think of Tubman as a legendary character. This account is by her contemporary and fellow black anti-slavery activist, William Still. The excerpt starts with a letter from the abolitionist Quaker, Thomas … Read more

Escape By Oyster Boat – Underground Railroad

This excerpt from “The Underground Railroad” by William Still documents the escape of two brothers in the oyster boat of their owners. The brothers had to leave their wives behind when they fled in August of 1855. Anthony Brown writes twice from Canada to William Still to enquire about their wives. The first letter would … Read more

Letter From Samuel Miles – Underground Railroad

This excerpt from “The Underground Railroad” by William Still documents the escape of Samuel Miles from Somerset County, Maryland. Samuel escaped because his master refused to let him see his wife and child who were free. Still and the Philadelphia committee of the Underground Railroad helped Samuel travel to freedom in Canada. From there, Samuel … Read more

Wounded Jail Break – Underground Railroad

This excerpt from “The Underground Railroad” by William Still documents the escape of William and Susan Nelson and their son, William Thomas. William had learned about the escape network run by the Underground Railroad. He found a schooner captain who was willing to conceal and transport the family for $240. That was a considerable sum … Read more