William Still and His Freedom Stories
Written and illustrated by Don Tate
“A new book by Don Tate is always exciting for me. I love his commitment to bringing to the fore historical figures who are not universally well known. William Still is someone I had an inkling of, maybe because of hearing about him through the work of Skip Gates, but the depth of his commitment to helping slaves escape was new to me.
This picture book hits on so many levels I hardly know where to begin. The records William Still kept are relevant today because of their use as a tool in ancestry tracing. His work on the Underground Railroad is a powerful story that needs to be remembered. Brought to life through Don Tate’s powerful prose and turn of phrase (‘…barely earning the smell of money.’), this is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, the history of enslavement, the power of one person to create change, how a chance encounter can change the direction of a life, and so much more.
Unfortunately, lines like ‘Free was not always fair’ bring the book into the immediacy of today in ways that deeply sadden me. I encourage everyone to read this book and let it sink into your soul. ‘Because that’s what stories can do. Protest injustice. Soothe. Teach. Inspire. Connect. Stories save lives.’” —Lynn Hildebrandt, Peachtree Sales Manager