Tag: Pennsylvania Abolition Society

Before the term "power couple" came into use in the 20th Century, Robert’s and his wife’s, Harriet Forten Purvis, joint and separate activist efforts are examples in the 19th century. Daughter of James Forten, Harriet was an African American abolitionist and first-generation suffragette. With Lucretia Mott, she formed the first biracial female abolition society, the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society. The Purvis' efforts were funded using the fortune Robert inherited from his father. Robert was president of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society and was an officer in the American Anti-Slavery Society. At the annual meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society, Robert...

Most well-known as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and author of his account of the Underground Railroad, "The Underground Railroad Records". Still was also a businessman, philanthropist, and life-long civil rights activist. His book, "A Brief Narrative of the Struggle for the Rights of Colored People of Philadelphia in the City Railway Cars", describes efforts to desegregate Philadelphia streetcars. As the head of the Knights of Pythian lodge, Still provided support for Catto's baseball team. His daughter, Caroline Still (1848-1919) was an early graduate of Women's Medical College and became a pioneering medical doctor, working at Tuskegee Institute....

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