The story is unique. It is not about what separates us, but about humanity, our connections and the hope that binds us together. The story of a black abolitionist, William Still is one such story. His network of anti-slave sympathizers helped his efforts. His journals recorded all those who came through his charge in a book published in 1872 entitled The Underground Railroad. When William interviewed Peter, the former slave of Nathaniel Gist, he quickly recognized his story and realized that this was his long-lost brother. The worlds of these men, William, Nathaniel and Peter were different, yet the Underground Railroad brought them together in an inspiring way. Without William's mentioning of Peter's slave name, Gist and the many victories of the human network in his UGRR book, this UGRR power point presentation of hope and faith would have been unlikely. My maiden name is "Gist".
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: 22 Birch Rd, Ringwood, 07456
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Lesley Etheridge
Location Type: Program
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Nathaniel Gist (Owner)
Freedom Seekers: Peter Gist
UGRR Operatives: William Still