2019 SURSM Scholarships - in Memory of Dr. James H. Bowles

Awards Given Spring 2019

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

Dr. James H. Bowles, SURMS Board Member Emeritus

2018 Scholarship Winners

Elizabeth Cullinan


 For the past two years, Elizabeth served as an EMT with the Hadensville Fire-Rescue Squad. She plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing in the fall and become a Registered Nurse.  After working for few years, Elizabeth wants to attend graduate school. Her goal is to earn a master’s degree in nursing and become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Daneka Fowler


                   In the fall, Daneka plans to attend Radford University. 

                  She plans to major in biology and apply to medical school.

Centennial Celebration

 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.  

Listen to his speech

"One Million Abolitionists" Project

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), led by Kenneth Morris, Jr., introduces a project called, One Million Abolitionists. To honor Douglass’s 200th birthday, FDFI will print one million hardcover copies of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave and give them to young people all across the country. Then they’ll ask the readers of this special Bicentennial Edition to create service projects to address an urgent social justice issue present in their community. FDFI would like to see one million young people working toward equality in the spirit of Frederick Douglass. The Library of Congress named the Narrative one of the 88 Books That Shaped America. Published in 1845, Douglass’s first autobiography became an instant bestseller putting his life in danger since he had escaped slavery just seven years earlier. The Narrative helped change the course of the U.S. Abolitionist Movement in the mid-nineteenth century and has been changing the lives of readers ever since. SURSM is joining the Frederick Douglas Family Initiative. One Million Abolitionists project was launched at the Library of Congress! View the video http://on.wusa9.com/2lXHNDS.

Below is the information for ordering books! Copies of these books will also be in our museum! 


Book on Sale at SURSM

We have several copies of  this book for sale. All funds will be used to support our scholarships! Please email us for more information.