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Sarah E. Good

Born into slavery in 1850, Sarah E. Goode received her freedom at the end of the Civil War. She moved to Chicago and eventually became an entrepreneur. Along with her husband Archibald, a carpenter, she owned a furniture store. Many of her customers, who were mostly working-class, lived in small apartments and didn’t have much space for furniture, including beds. As a solution to the problem, Sarah Goode invented a cabinet bed, which she described as a “folding bed,” similar […]

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