The Underground Railroad, Part 1

William STILL (1821 - 1902)

”It was my good fortune to lend a helping hand to the weary travelers flying from the land of bondage.” William Still.

"Dear Sir:—For most of the years I have lived, the escape of fugitives from slavery, and their efforts to baffle the human and other bloodhounds who tracked them, formed the romance of American History. That romance is now ended, and our grandchildren will hardly believe its leading incidents except on irresistible testimony. I rejoice that you are collecting and presenting that testimony, and heartily wish you a great success." Horace Greeley.

William Still is often called the Father of the Underground Railroad. Over 14 years, he helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom in Canada. Still was committed to preserving the stories of the bondmen and he kept careful records of the many escaped slaves who passed through the Philadelphia “station”. The Underground Railroad was published in 1871 from Still’s records and diaries. In bringing you these stories, Librivox volunteers are reading from the 1878 edition. (Summary by MaryAnn)

Complete list of recordings comprising this book: The Underground Railroad, Part 1, The Underground Railroad, Part 2, The Underground Railroad, Part 3, The Underground Railroad, Part 4, The Underground Railroad, Part 5.

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography, Modern (19th C)

Language: English

Group: The Underground Railroad by William Still

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface MaryAnn
00:09:02
Play 01 01 - Seth Concklin - Part 1 MaryAnn
00:17:53
Play 02 02 - Seth Concklin - Part 2 MaryAnn
00:12:21
Play 03 03 - Seth Concklin - Part 3 MaryAnn
00:10:29
Play 04 04 - Seth Concklin - Part 4 MaryAnn
00:15:51
Play 05 05 - Underground Railroad Letters - Part 1 TriciaG
00:14:04
Play 06 06 - Underground Railroad Letters - Part 2 TriciaG
00:14:31
Play 07 07 - William Box Peel Jones Patrick Wells
00:07:38
Play 08 08 - Wesley Harris and the Matterson Brothers Patrick Wells
00:10:41
Play 09 09 - Death of Romulus Hall Patrick Wells
00:09:16
Play 10 10 - James Mercer, William H. Gilliam and John Clayton Lynne T
00:17:46
Play 11 11 - Clarissa Davis Lynne T
00:06:18
Play 12 12 - Anthony Blow; Perry Johnson Lynne T
00:08:50
Play 13 13 - Isaac Forman, William Davis and Willis Redick, Joseph Henry Camp Maria Kasper
00:10:29
Play 14 14 - Sheridan Ford; Joseph Kneeland Cheri Jordan
00:05:22
Play 15 15 - Ex-President Tyler's Household Loses An Aristocratic "Article"; Edward Morgan, Henry Johnson, James and Stephen Butler Maria Kasper
00:11:00
Play 16 16 - Henry Predo; Daniel Hughes, Thomas Elliott Greg Giordano
00:07:51
Play 17 17 - Mary Epps; Joseph and Robert Robinson Onjana Yawnghwe
00:14:59
Play 18 18 - George Solomon, Daniel Neall, Benjamin R. Fletcher and Maria Dorsey Onjana Yawnghwe
00:08:15
Play 19 19 - Henry Box Brown Onjana Yawnghwe
00:20:36
Play 20 20 - Trial of the Emancipators of Colonel J.H. Wheeler's Slaves, Jane Johnson and Her Two Little Boys - Part 1 Lynne T
00:16:19
Play 21 21 - Trial of the Emancipators of Colonel J.H. Wheeler's Slaves, Jane Johnson and Her Two Little Boys - Part 2 Lynne T
00:17:32
Play 22 22 - The Arrivals of a Single Month - Part 1 Maria Kasper
00:14:52
Play 23 23 - The Arrivals of a Single Month - Part 2 Maria Kasper
00:11:34
Play 24 24 - The Arrivals of a Single Month - Part 3 Maria Kasper
00:14:47
Play 25 25 - The Arrivals of a Single Month - Part 4 Maria Kasper
00:06:58
Play 26 26 - The Arrivals of a Single Month - Part 5 Maria Kasper
00:09:21
Play 27 27 - A Slave Girl's Narrative - Cordelia Lonely Cheri Jordan
00:15:10
Play 28 28 - Arrival of Jackson, Isaac and Edmondson Turner from Petersburg Lee Smalley
00:13:51
Play 29 29 - Robert Brown; Anthony Lonely and Cornelius Scott; Samuel Williams Lee Smalley
00:10:35
Play 30 30 - Barnaby and Mary Elizabeth Grigby, Frand Wazner, Emily Foster Patrick Wells
00:16:17
Play 31 31 - William Jordan Greg Giordano
00:07:27
Play 32 32 - Joseph Grant and John Speaks Greg Giordano
00:07:10
Play 33 33 - William Taylor; Louisa Brown, Jacob Waters and Alfred Goulden; Arrival from Baltimore Patrick Wells
00:09:16