William Still (New York Times)

"William Still Dead," New York Times, July 15, 1902, p. 2: 6.

Negro Known as “Father of the Underground Railroad” – Once a Slave, He Died Very Wealthy.

Philadelphia, July 14. – William Still, who was known throughout the country as “Father of the Underground Railroad” and one of the best educated members of the negro race, died at his home here today.

Mr. Still was about eighty years old. Though born a slave, he worked his own freedom, secured that of his mother by a most romantic escape from a slave dealer, educated himself by his own efforts, and leaves a fortune estimated at between $750,000 and $1,000,000.

He was for many years Secretary of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, and was active in the Freedmen’s Aid Union. He was a Trustee of Storer College, at Harper’s Ferry, and was active in the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery and the Society for Improving the Condition of the African Race. He leaves a widow, two daughters, and a son.

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