Williamson

Abolitionist from Philadelphia

Williamson

Passmore Williamson, born in 1822 in Westtown, PA joined the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society in 1848 and became its secretary. He worked hand in hand with William Still and together they share in the story of Jane Johnson. As a result, Williamson spent 100 days in the Moyamensing Prison in Philadelphia for not divulging the location of Johnson and her two children when in fact he did not know the answer. He had a great many visitors while in prison, including Fredrick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and Mary Ann Shadd.