© 2023 WYPR
20th Anniversary Background
WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore WYPF 88.1 FM Frederick WYPO 106.9 FM Ocean City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

William Still, father of the Underground Railroad

Wikimedia Commons; "The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom" By Wilbur Henry Siebert, Macmillan, 1898.
Once enslaved in Maryland, William Still became a conductor on the Underground Railroad and served as chairman of the Vigilance Committee of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society.

The fuel of the Underground Railroad was its passengers, enslaved people who summoned their courage to flee. The Railroad’s engineer was William Still, a free Black who met them in Philadelphia, fed them and helped them move to freedom.

Andrew Diemer, associate professor of history at Towson University, tells the story of that work and what followed in his new book, "Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad."

Original Airdate: 11/9/22

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.