Born a slave in 1806, William C. Goodridge was freed in 1822, when he began his long, successful career as a businessman. His first enterprise was a barber shop, located on York's Centre Square. Next, he opened a five-story retail store on the Square, one of the tallest buildings in York at the time.
Goodridge also operated a rail line, which may have provided transport to slaves seeking freedom via the Underground Railroad. His sons followed Goodridge's lead and, with his help, established the most significant African-American photographic establishments in America.
Artist: Don Gray and son Jared Gray