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
Since 2013, Emmy has been serving her community with volunteer efforts from serving food to the homeless and needy children to landscaping at a national park. She also designed and sold T-shirts as a cancer fundraiser. In the fall of 2019, she plans to attend Virginia Tech and major in Fashion Merchandising and Design!
Hannah has been active in her community by serving as an assistant softball coach as well as caring for infants and aiding in other areas. In the fall of 2019, she plans to attend Liberty University and major in Elementary Education. Her goal is to teach in Goochland!
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. – Walks in the Shoes of his Great Ancestors
Founder & President
The guest speaker at the Centennial celebration of Second Union School was Kenneth Morris, Jr.
Mr. Morris descends from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington.