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William Still 1- Book Reading - Underground Railroad

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The Gist of Freedom is pleased to present to you the reading of William Still's Underground Railroad, 1871!
William Still was the Black abolitionist from Philadelphia who was described by the New York Times as 
"The Father of the Underground Railroad". He commissioned Harriet Tubman's rescue missions. This famous abolitionist literally wrote theUnderground Railroad book.  The book  which explained the story, narratives  often in the words of the participants in the effort to escape slavery.
This first reading of William Still's Book The Underground railroad, will recount the story of his reunion with his long lost enslaved brother Peter Still, formerly known as Peter Gist. It  also tells the story of Peter's very own John Brown like martyr, Seth Conklin.
Still also campaigned to end the racial discrimination in Philadelphia.  In 1859 he organized the effort to end black exclusion from Philadelphia streetcars.  This campaign was described in Still’s first publication, Struggle for the Civil Rights of the Coloured People of Philadelphia in the City Railway Cars in 1867.