This essay, derived from the program, Underground Railroad: The William Still Story, shows how creativity and the application of hard work and education can bring success. Following the war of 1812, Upper Canada (Ontario) became a sanctuary for many escaped slaves to settle, farm, and earn an honest living. Here, they established settlements with churches and mission schools for their communities. As these settlements thrived, opposition and prejudice from White neighbors was overcome. The quality of education at mission schools eventually attracted many White students including the children of prominent Toronto and Buffalo businessmen.