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George Ballard to William Still, July 19, 1858

George Ballard to William Still, July 19, 1858
This letter from George Ballard, a fugitive slave, to William Still, head of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee, illustrates the extensive Underground Railroad network that existed in the years before the Civil War.  Writing from St. Catharine's, Canada (in present-day Ontario), Ballard requested Still's help in managing the escapes of his mother and sister into Philadelphia, and referred to a handful of people who could help arrange both communication and transportation.  Ballard had escaped from slavery to avoid being sold to pay for his late master’s debts.  (By Anna Lovett)

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