William C. Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum

Freedom Seekers Art Exhibit

April: First Annual Freedom Seeker Art Show

Congratulations to our Contest Winners:
1st Place – Rosa Luz Catterall, The Joy of Youth
2st Place – Othmar Carli, Freedom’s Here…but not Here
3rd Place – Mary Barnes, Freedom Seekers

Exhibit Open to Public:
April 6,  4 pm – 8 pm
April 12,  11 am – 2 pm
April 17,  11 am – 2 pm
April 21,  11 am – 2 pm
April 24,  11 am – 2 pm

Admission is FREE. Donations are appreciated to continue events and renovations at the Museum.


Give Local York: May 4, 2018

Give Local York May 4th – Volunteers Needed!

On the First Friday in May, you will notice a lot of bustle around the Goodridge Freedom Center and other York non-profits as we all collaborate in a 24-hour festival of fundraising. We hope this will be fun as well as beneficial and our efforts will not be possible without help from the community. If you are interested in lending a hand, please drop a note to volunteers@goodridgefreedomcenter.org .


June: Golden Venture Anniversary

On the First Friday in June, the Goodridge Freedom Center will revisit the arrival of the Golden Venture on the shores of America 25 years ago, and how several York residents worked hard to secure the freedom of passengers who were detained in the York County prison while seeking asylum. Come hear Jeff Lobach speak about the people involved, and see some of the beautiful paper sculptures the detainees created behind prison walls.

William C. Goodridge

York, PA was home to one of the most active Underground Railroad stationmasters, William C. Goodridge. A prominent African-American businessman in York, Goodridge built the tallest building of its time in York City, and often hosted anti-slavery meetings with noted abolitionists. He owned and operated several businesses with his wife and partner Emily, including a barbershop, a variety store, an employment agency, and a line of railroad cars and associated delivery business. They also owned several properties, one of which they donated to the African-American school. Their eldest son Glenalvin taught at that school, and was also one of the first African-American photographers in the country, operating a Skylit studio in their business center that his younger brothers Wallace and William continued in Saginaw Michigan after relocating there in the early 1860s.

Today the Goodridge home stands as evidence to the drive and ambition necessary for a black family in their time to build the kind of wealth and standing that the Goodridges possessed in the York community, and also as a testament to the extreme humanity William C. Goodridge exhibited through selfless acts as he risked his own life to guide escaping slaves to freedom.

The family home has been dedicated to preserving this legacy, as the William C. Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum.

123 East Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401
Contact: Carol Kauffman
(717) 848-3610 Ext 230

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