Tuesday April 3 at 8pm~Black Abolitionist David Ruggles helped a runaway slave from Maryland survive to become Frederick Douglas, the most respected African-American of the 19th century. Learn More Tuesday April 3rd with The Gist of Freedom...See More Tuesday April 3 at 8pm~Black Abolitionist David Ruggles helped a runaway slave from Maryland survive to become Frederick Douglas, the most respected African-American of the 19th century. Learn More Tuesday April 3rd with The Gist of Freedom host Professor Dr. Weldon McWilliams and Professor Graham Russell Hodges, author~ David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) ~ www.BlogTalkRadio.com/TheGISTofFREEDOM David Ruggles opened the first black-owned bookstore in America, although it was burned too. He was an editor and printer and started a reading room and a circulating library. He published the first magazine by an African American in this country. All amazing accomplishments! But wait, there's more! David helped found the New York Committee of Vigilance (A cross between The Black Panthers and N.A.A.C.P), a group dedicated to preventing blacks from being sold into the South. David wrote fiery pamphlets, daringly publishing the bounty hunters' names. He helped hundreds of fugitive slaves, Ruggles home, 36 Lispenard St., will be included The New York "Freedom Trail" The Freedom Trail, Morris envisions free maps showing a dozen or more historical sites south of Canal Street, along with an iPod walking tour and markers at each of the sites. In Boston, a path of red paint and bricks leads trail-goers from one site to the next, and Morris is considering proposing something similar for Lower Manhattan.