William Still Center-Families Divided & United

William Still Center-Families Divided & United (HM1I4M)

Location: Denton, MD 21629 Caroline County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.968', W 75° 50.1'

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

William Still's mother Sidney and several of his siblings lived in a cottage on the plantation where they were enslaved. Sidney escaped with her children to join her husband in New Jersey, but she was soon recaptured and returned to Maryland. Leaving her two boys behind but taking her two daughters, she fled again, this time successfully. As punishment, her angry owner sold her sons Peter and Levin.

Sidney gave birth to her last child, William, in freedom in New Jersey. As an adult living in Philadelphia, William played a critical role as an Underground Railroad agent, helping more than 1,000 freedom seekers in the 1850s. A chance meeting with his long lost brother Peter inspired William to document the experience of freedom seekers who contacted him. In doing so, Still noted the arrival of Harriet Tubman with her three brothers who had escaped slavery on Christmas Day 1854.

(Inscription next to the photo at the bottom right) William Still's careful records, kept secret until after the Civil War, now help scholars reconstruct details of how the Underground Railroad worked and who was involved. William Still photographic print-Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA.

HM NumberHM1I4M
Series This marker is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series
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Date Added Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 427525 N 4298553
Decimal Degrees38.83280000, -75.83500000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.968', W 75° 50.1'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 58.08" N, 75° 50' 6" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8230 Detour Rd, Denton MD 21629, US
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