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Clarence Still, family patriarch, with Verline Still at 1998 Still Family Reunion
Clarence Still, Still family patriarch, with Verline Still at 1998 Still Family Reunion. Photo courtesy The Still Family

The Still Family

Commemorates "one of South New Jersey's most deeply rooted African-American families" (Courier-Post newspaper). The Still story includes anecdotes about their ancestors' heroic efforts to buy their family's freedom in the 1850's South and about the family reunions that have endured through the decades. William Still, famous black agent of the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia, wrote the classic book, The Underground Railroad, which recounts the heroism of the fugitive slaves and of men and women, black and white, North and South, who, risking lives, fortunes, and personal liberty, helped those fugitive slaves to flee from bondage. The Still family historical committee maintains a rich archive, and much of it is included with the project.

Originally submitted by: Frank Lautenberg, Senator.

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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