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Looking for Mr. Goodridge

Ongoing effort

This collaborative effort with the Goodridge Freedom Center, Crispus Attucks, the York History Center, and York College’s Center for Community Engagement is an ongoing effort to continue archival research on one of York’s most intriguing hidden figures—William C. Goodridge.  Historical experts and York College students will collect, evaluate, and make room for competing narratives. The process of “looking for Mr. Goodridge” will be documented on video.  Ultimately, our goal is to bring the life and work of this remarkable York business leader and participant in the Underground Railroad—who risked his life and fortune to help others—out of the shadows.

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