The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is working on a project that is related to the study that produced Secret Lives. Entitled, "Family Ties on the Underground Railroad," it weaves together the manuscript journal and published book of William Still, who was the chairman of Philadelphia's Vigilance Committee in the mid-nineteenth century.
Its initial phase focuses on the experiences of three enslaved families who passed through Philadelphia in their journeys to freedom: the Shephards, the Taylors, and the Wanzers. These individuals were forwarded by Still to Gay and their assistance is recorded in the Gay “Record.” According to their website, it includes transcripts and digital facsimiles from Still's works, carefully researched biographies, and other materials, much like we have done in producing Secret Lives. Go to their website to learn more by clicking on the picture below.