Bowie, Maryland, congregation honors African American pioneer.
The name change was prompted by the fact that the congregation draws
members from an area larger than Bowie and wanted to honor someone with
local Unitarian connections. The name change also better reflects the
diversity in the Bowie area.
Goodloe, born in 1878, was a teacher and an African Methodist Episcopal
minister before attending Meadville. He was the first principal of Maryland’s
first black normal school for training teachers, now Bowie State University.
Like other African Americans of the time, he was discouraged from becoming
a Unitarian minister after graduating because of the difficulty of finding
a placement for ministers of color.
Goodloe died in 1959. His house is a national historic site in Bowie.
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