William Still Center
Families Divided & United
— Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Harriet Tubman, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
Location. 38° 49.968′ N, 75° 50.1′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Detour Road. The marker is located in the Caroline County 4H Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denton MD 21629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel William Richardson (approx. 3.3 miles away); Denton (approx. 3.4 miles away); "29, Let's Go!" (approx. 3½ miles away); Bell from First Methodist Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Denton Schoolhouse (approx. 3.6 miles away); Two Neighbors * Two Governors * Two States (approx. 3.6 miles away); William Richardson (approx. 3.7 miles away); “Sailing Away to Freedom” (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 29, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.