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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

William Still, The Underground Rail Road: A Record of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters, &c. (Philadelphia: Porter & Coates, 1872)

A Resourceful Runaway

Successful runaways, like Edgar, were resourceful. He had meticulously planned his escape from North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia, where he would get money from a sale, and then would travel to Richmond to take his wife North. It was an audacious plan that denotes not only his eagerness to be free but also his willingness to take additional risks so that his wife could be too.

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Image ID: 1222603
Title: Edward Lewis; Arrival from North Carolina.
Source: The underground railroad: A record of facts, authentic narratives, letters, & c., narrating the hardships, hair-breadth escapes, and death struggles of the slaves in their efforts for freedom, as related by themselves and others or witnessed by the author : together with sketches of some of the largest stockholders and most liberal aiders and advisers of the road.
Name: Still, William (1821-1902) - Author
Published: 1872
Location: Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: Advertisements
African Americans -- North Carolina
Fugitive slaves -- United States
Slavery -- United States
Underground railroad
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