Dr. James H. Bowles was an accomplished physician, long time community leader, advocate for education, and led many actions in Goochland County to enhance the life of all. He died at the age of 97 on January 17, 2019. As an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Second Union Rosenwald School Museum, Dr. Bowles helped guide the restoration of the School as well as the establishment of the Museum. The Museum is open to the public and works closely with the Goochland County Schools to provide educational opportunities for its students. Dr. Bowles’s last public appearance was at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Second Union School, where Kenneth Morris (relative of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington ) was the keynote speaker.
Our 2019 Scholarship Awards are dedicated to the memory of Dr. James H. Bowles. Through our scholarship awards program, Second Union Rosenwald School Museum is committed to expanding access to educational opportunities for graduating Goochland High School students. Each year, we award two (2) scholarships after review of submitted applications. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student accepted at an accredited four-year college/university and a $250 scholarship will be awarded to a student accepted at an accredited two-year community college.
John Quincy Adams stated, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” A great, yet humble man, Dr. Bowles leaves an inspirational legacy. He was a true leader who will be missed!
Dr. James H. Bowles, SURMS Board Member Emeritus
Using the SOLs as a guideline, Goochland High School students participate in activities.
Former Second Union School students and Goochland county residents share their experiences during school segregation.
Second Union Rosenwald School Museum flourishes through the efforts of community dedication and involvement as demonstrated by the Centennial Celebration in October 2018 with guest speaker, Kenneth Morris, great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington