The C.R. Patterson and Sons Company:
Black Pioneers in the Vehicle Building Industry, 1865-1939
See multiple awards highlighted below
A History of the First Black Auto Manufacturers
2022 Second Edition major update to the 2010 edition
Written by Christopher Nelson
“A masterful and compelling deep dive into indelible chapters of untouched and never explored American history, stunning your sensibilities of what you thought you knew.
~ Madisun Leigh - Scenario Entertainment & Pergola Pictures
"The Story Black History Missed! This definitive work on Patterson's company and the Patterson family deserves far more recognition by Black historians than what has been given."
~ Larry Chapman - Greenfield, Ohio History Teacher (Retired)
~ FUN FACT ~
The first edition of the book was featured on the CBS show S.W.A.T. during the November 27, 2019 episode "Sea Legs"
On July 22, 2021, C.R. Patterson and Frederick Douglass Patterson, the first two generations of family to run the Patterson Company, were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit. This honor was bestowed on them for their contributions to the transportation industry and for Frederick being the first Black manufacturer of automobiles. This demonstrated that the Patterson contribution to history mattered and, while generally fallen by the wayside for 80 years after they closed the factory, a long-overdue recognition of their efforts has finally come to light and their story will live on.
American Writing Awards 2022
WINNER in History - General category
FINALIST in Best New (Debut) Nonfiction, History - United States, and Biography categories
Book Excellence Awards
WINNER in Biography
Includes Special Award for
Reader Views 2022
Reviewer's Choice Awards
WINNER in History - Adult Classics (Non-Fiction)
Silver in History and Biographies
Best Book Awards 2022
Sponsored by American Book Fest
FINALIST in History - United States and History - General categories
The C. R. Patterson and Sons Company book and highlights of some of Christopher Nelson's research were featured in an article in The Washington Post on February 18, 2023. The article, released during Black History Month, featured some of the Patterson story of how they ended up in Greenfield, Ohio, and the development of the Patterson Company. It discusses their transition from carriages and buggies, to automobiles, and later buses and trucks under the name Greenfield Bus Body Company. The company passed through three generations of the family under Charles Richard (C. R.) Patterson, his sons Frederick Douglass Patterson and Samuel Patterson, and finally grandsons Frederick Postell Patterson and Postell Patterson during their 74 years in business. It also touches on Frederick's time at The Ohio State University, serving as President of his class and being the first Black player on the football team. There is also a mention of Frederick's involvement with Booker T. Washington and the Negro Business League. See the full article in The Washington Post.
This article came out on AndScape / ESPN on the last day of Black History Month 2023. Writer Branson Wright did an excellent job of capturing a different angle of the Patterson story. It focuses on Frederick's time at The Ohio State University where he was the first Black football player on the team when he joined the team in 1890. He went on to become Class President and was involved in many other activities while at the university. The article sprinkles in just the right amount of Patterson family and company history to show some of the bigger picture outside of the university setting.
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