Black History Moment: The Still Family of New Jersey

by Feb 14, 2021Blog0 comments

Today’s black history moment is a “we are family” shout out to The Stills, an African American family from New Jersey.  For over 120 years, the Still descendants organize an annual family reunion to celebrate their ancestors’ contributions to the success of The Underground Railroad, and the state of New Jersey.
The Still Family – Key Accomplishments & Legacy
* By the early 1800s, the Still family was firmly established in southern New Jersey in an area that became known as Lawnside, NJ
* William Still: abolitionist, described as the “Father of the Underground Railroad” who risked his life to help hundreds of enslaved black men and women escape to freedom
* Dr. James Still: successful NJ homeopathic doctor, described as “The Black Doctor of the Pines”
* Peter Still: known for his eventual successful purchase of his family’s freedom out from enslavement
* Highlights New Jersey state’s importance regarding its section of The Underground Railroad
* The annual Still family reunion event is a venue for Still descendants to reflect on and celebrate the legacy and resilience of their ancestors
Visit the websites below and/or conduct your own research to learn more about The Still Family:
Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
Around and About New Jersey: The Still Family Reunion


SJ Magazine: “The History of The Still Family”
Rowan University: “The Still Family – African American Contributions to the History of New Jersey”
Dr. James Still Historic Office Site and Education Center