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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY
|Underground Railroad: The William Still Story|
Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10PM EST
|The compelling story of one of the most important, yet largely unheralded heroes of the Underground Railroad, comes to life in the new 60-minute documentary "UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY" airing nationwide on PBS on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET. The film airs as part of PBS' Black History Month commemoration. It also explores the major role Canada played in the complex humanitarian enterprise that helped deliver tens of thousands of men, women, and children from slavery.
The first generation of his family born free, abolitionist and historian William Still (1821-1902) was determined to get as many runaways as he could across the U.S. border to Canada. He accepted delivery of transported crates containing human "cargo" and helped smuggle them to "Freedom's Land." Still risked everything to keep detailed records of individuals' stories, eventually compiled into a book recognized as the most authentic account of the inner workings of the Underground Railroad and the plights of those who used it.
Don't miss the debut of "UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY" on PBS on Monday, February 6 at 10 p.m.
Visit the companion website at: http://www.pbs.org/wned/underground-railroad/
View a clip at: "UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY"
"William Still is a true American hero who -- until now--has not had the tribute he deserves," said Donald K. Boswell, President and CEO of program co-producer WNED Buffalo/Toronto. "This 'starring role' brings to light Still's bravery and legacy and reveals the important role that Canada played in the success of his valiant efforts for his fellow man's freedom."
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY is a production of 90th Parallel Productions Ltd., in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto. Funding provided by CN Railway, Rogers Cable Network, Canada Media Fund, and Rogers Documentary Fund. Additional support from David W. Pretty, Vernon Achber & Phil Lind, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. With participation of Rogers Broadcasting, Ltd., Ontario Media Development Corporation and The Government of Canada-Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program.