Adam Goff and Brianna Daniels of the City of Lockport bought the onetime home of local civil rights pioneer Aaron Mossell at Thursday’s city tax foreclosure auction.
Goff and Daniels, Army veterans with four children under age 5, bid $18,000 for the house at 62 Trowbridge St., City Treasurer Sue A. Mawhiney said Friday. The Mossell family lived from 1878 to 1905 in the 3,000-square-foot, two-story brick house.
“My plan is to make this big, beautiful building into our forever home,” Goff said via email. “It will take some time and significant investment, but we believe it will be well worth it.”
Mossell, an African-American businessman, led a boycott of Lockport’s blacks-only school that led to the desegregation of Lockport public schools in 1876, 78 years before desegregation was ordered nationally.