A panel discussion examining Still’s role as an abolitionist in Philadelphia and how it compared to the movement throughout the state.
Tuesday, October 5, 6:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Philadelphia was considered one of the most racially intolerant and segregated cities in the northeastern United States throughout most of the nineteenth century. Activists such as Octavius Catto and William Still worked through organizations such as the Pennsylvania Abolition Society to tirelessly fight for the civil rights of African Americans.
In addition to his work with the Pennsylvania Vigilance Committee, William Still would go on to help 1,000 enslaved people to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Still’s Journal C, found within the records of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society at HSP, records detail about the people he helped, and later served as source material for his published work, “The Underground Railroad.” To commemorate Still’s 200th birthday, join us on October 5 for a panel discussion examining Still’s role as an abolitionist in Philadelphia, and how it compared to the movement throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.