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That year, he was hired as clerk for the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery.

He became an active agent on the Underground Railroad, assisting fugitive Africans who came to Philadelphia.

Because of his reputation, he was named to the Philadelphia Board of Trade and in 1864 appointed to the post of peddler for the provisions of black soldiers at Camp William Penn.

He was a supporter of temperance and organized a mission Sabbath School for the Presbyterian Church.

William Still, a free-born Black, became an abolitionist movement leader and writer during the antebellum period in American history.

He was also one of the most successful Black businessmen in the history of the City of Philadelphia.

Born on October 7, 1821, in Burlington County, New Jersey, he was the youngest of eighteen children of Levin and Charity Still. His father bought his freedom and his mother escaped slavery in Maryland.

William Still grew up with vivid images of the horrors of slavery.

The papers were donated to the Blockson Collection by members of the Still family, who live in the region.

William Still was a major contributor to the success of the Underground Railroad activities in Philadelphia and a part of Philadelphia’s free Black community that played an essential role in the Underground Railroad.

With the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Still was appointed chairman of the society’s revived Vigilance Committee that aided and supported fugitive Africans.