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Levi Coffin (1798 – 1877) was an American Quaker, abolitionist, and businessman. Coffin was deeply involved in the Underground Railroad in Indiana and Ohio and his home is often called "Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad". He was nicknamed "President of the Underground Railroad" because of the thousands of slaves that are reported to have passed through his care while escaping their masters. Born in the South, Coffin was exposed to and developed a disgust for slavery...
"An Early 20th-Century Black Nanny Sets the Record Straight" In folklore the black nursemaid was portrayed as a self-sacrificing woman who loved her white children every bit as much as her own. Yet the popular images of the loyal, contented black nursemaid, or “mammy,” were unfortunately far from the reality for the African-American women who worked in these homes. In 1912 the Independent printed this account to dispel the comforting “mammy” myth. At link with many compelling images.