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.
I had the delightful opportunity to develop a period-appropriate hair & beard oil & accompanying scents for an event at the Goodridge Center this month, & am making the surplus product available to my PBSW community!
This listing is for one (1) 7ml dropper vial of hand made hair & beard oil, made exclusively to benefit the William C. Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum in historic downtown York, Pennsylvania.
W.A. Bevington's Hair & Beard Oil is a lightweight, conditioning blend of refined hemp oil, meadowfoam seed oil, & jojoba oil, appropriate for all hair types. I developed four historic scent blends for your selection, or you may choose to have your vial unscented:
Florida Water: A refreshing unisex blend of sweet orange, bergamot, lavender, clove, & peru balsam (contains both fragrance & essential oils)
Bay Rum: A classic men's formula of bay leaf, allspice, clove, & tobacco (contains fragrance oils)
Rosewater & Lemon: A sweet, innocent dance of delicate rose petals & bright lemon (contains both fragrance & essential oils)
Neroli & Violet: A very period appropriate floral blend, fresh, herbal, & feminine (contains fragrance oils)
Each vial is labeled with basic company & ingredient information, & comes with a card detailing ingredients & usage guidelines.
The William C. Goodrich Freedom Center will receive $5 for each vial of W.A. Bevington's Hair & Beard Oil sold.