There is not much information available about Sarah E. Goode’s life. What has been published is that Goode was born towards the end of the abolition of slavery in the United States Sarah E Goode Sees a Need and Creates the Solution
Through numerous historical accounts and facts we can presume that as a child slave, she must have experienced the indignities of being owned by a white plantation owner. We know that Goode was born in the south but little is known about her education, her family ties or when she died.
It is fair to say that most slaves were illiterate unless they were the offspring of the plantation owners who may have been given a very basic education or if slave children were playmates for the plantation owner’s offspring or house servants, they too may have received some informal education through members of the owner’s family. It is possible to conceive that Goode attained some fundamental knowledge of English grammar and mathematics as she was able to start her own business which eventually became very successful.
Sarah E. Goode overcame many hurdles that black women endured during the time that she was alive. It was extremely uncommon for women to own their own business in the 1800’s; women were just on the cusp of earning civil rights. For an emancipated slave to achieve this status was almost impossible.
Sarah E. Goode was an unprecedented and remarkable woman to achieve the distinction of being the first African American women to be granted a patent.