William Still
Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1872
Medium: Engraved frontispiece

William Still

This engraved portrait of William Still serves as the frontispiece for the original 1872 edition of his book The Underground Rail Road, which narrates the history of the Underground Railroad and the individual stories of enslaved men and women who escaped bondage by fleeing to free states and to Canada. Still was born a free black in New Jersey, and, according to the title page of his book, was "for many years connected with the Anti-Slavery office in Philadelphia, and Chairman of the Acting Vigilant Committee of the Philadelphia Branch of the Underground Rail Road." Still self-published the book and sold it by subscription. It had numerous editions and was exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876.