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Robert Gordon, the Black Coalman Who Outsmarted White Merchants to Dominate the Coal Industry

Robert Gordon (????-1884)

Born an enslaved man in Richmond, Va., Robert Gordon served a rich yachtsman who owned a coal yard. Gordon maintained the yard so faithfully, his master eventually gave him full control over the handling and selling of the coal. Continue reading Robert Gordon, the Black Coalman Who Outsmarted White Merchants to Dominate the Coal Industry