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The Underground Railroad

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This undated single-page broadsheet poem on the Underground Railroad appeared sometime after the Civil War. The author, Cecilia Devere (1836-1912), was a Shaker community member in New Lebanon, New York. In this poem she adopts the name ‘Devyr’. Devere also published a broadside entitled 'Open Letter to Catholic Priests: A Shaker Sister’s Appeal for Ireland' (n.d.), a call protesting the impoverishment of the Irish people. This poem was occasioned by a lecture given by Edwin Coates, a well-known Philadelphia abolitionist and antebellum Underground Railroad station manager.

— Joe Lockard