As Black History Month comes to a close, Huffpost tells the story of David Ruggles, "a remarkable figure in the history of New York City, journalism and the epic, heroic battle that abolitionists fought to defeat the scourge of slavery. Born in 1810 in Connecticut, he became a fearless and tireless campaigner against slavery and discrimination. A century before Rosa Parks, he deliberately sat in the 'white' section of a train, and then sued the railroad company when he was thrown off." Ruggles estimated he helped more than 600 slaves go free. He was also a groundbreaking figure in American journalism. From a biography: "Ruggles was a tireless, fiery, pioneering journalist, penning hundreds of letters to abolitionist newspapers, authoring and publishing five pamphlets, and editing the first African American magazine, The Mirror of Liberty."