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A former employee remembers her youth and Goolrick's--open since 1867--fondly.
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I remember eating at Woolworth's and Peoples Drug while my great-grandmother had her prescriptions filled. All of the Peoples counter help knew my great-grandmother by name.
I also remember shopping on Caroline Street and going to the movies.
But none of this would have been possible without people like Gaye Adegbalola and Carole Hamm paving the way.
I never realized that blacks had to use the back door at Mary Washington Hospital, because I watched my mother, Jean Lewis, an RN at MWH, use the front door for 27 years.
I'm proud to say the city of Fredericksburg has come a long way.
Just knowing my grandchildren can go down Caroline Street, and are welcomed everywhere, along with my children who have marched in so many parades downtown, lets me know that we are constantly moving in the right direction.