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Bowie, Bowie State, and Odenton named for slave owner

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http://msa.maryland.gov/megafile/msa/speccol/sc3500/sc3520/001400/001465/html/1465slaves.html

A few years after Oden’s mother died (1849), his father William D. Bowie remarried – to his half-sister-in-law.  William then removed to Croom in southeastern Prince George’s County at his other plantation “Bellefield,” conveying ownership of Fairview to his son, Oden.  There, Oden Bowie began to establish himself as a planter in his own right.  In 1851, Oden Bowie married Alice Carter, granddaughter of George Calvert of Riversdale.  

 The Bowies of Bellefield and Fairview were among the counties (indeed the state’s) largest slaveholders.  Growing tobacco, Oden’s father, William D. Bowie (sometimes known as “Colonel” because an affiliation with militia) increased his holdings from 42 enslaved persons held in 1830 to 93 by 1860.  Thus, Oden Bowie had always known slavery and came to be a large holder of enslaved persons once he assumed control of Fairview.  His 47 enslaved blacks placed him in the top 40 slaveholders for Prince George’s County in 1850 (out of a total slaveholding population of 879).  During the next decade he more than doubled his slaveholdings, with 103 counted by 1860.  He went on to serve as Governor of Maryland (1869-1872).  He died at 1894, and was buried at Fairview.  Reportedly, at least two former slaves are also buried at Fairview.

Why would we name a historically black college after a slave owner? 

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It is amazing that all of those woke students have not demanded a new name.

 

Maybe Braxton State?

 

Dig Dug U for rapper Wale?

 

Any other famous alumni?

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Time to change the names. Especially for the college which is a public college.

Hey fair is fair.

It is kind of surprising....(or maybe it is not)....that students at Bowie haven't been jumping up and down about these facts.

I suggest as a new name 'Freddie Grey University'.....has a nice ring to it.

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3 minutes ago, Guido2 said:

Time to change the names. Especially for the college which is a public college.

Hey fair is fair.

It is kind of surprising....(or maybe it is not)....that students at Bowie haven't been jumping up and down about these facts.

I suggest as a new name 'Freddie Grey University'.....has a nice ring to it.

Are there any statues of the family members there ..???

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Just now, stevez51 said:

Are there any statues of the family members there ..???

Got me. Don't care. This is a real case for a top down correction.

Strange as it may sound.....I am hopeful....that the student population gets wind of this and makes a stink.

But my money says NOT.

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21 hours ago, Guido2 said:

Time to change the names. Especially for the college which is a public college.

Hey fair is fair.

It is kind of surprising....(or maybe it is not)....that students at Bowie haven't been jumping up and down about these facts.

I suggest as a new name 'Freddie Grey University'.....has a nice ring to it.

Who is Freddie Grey?

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3 hours ago, Baltimatt said:

Who is Freddie Grey?

Sorry Freddie GrAy. You know 'poor freddie'.

It has been in ALL the papers for years now...... :lol:

But in case you missed it............

https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&param2=c5b81b55-8b3e-4261-8bcd-36c89ad38fb6&param3=radio_4.0.18~US~appfocus1&param4=d-bb8~Firefox~Freddie+Grey&param1=20170902&p=Freddie+Grey&type=ra_appfocus1_ff

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On 10/11/2017 at 8:09 AM, stevez51 said:

Someone may need to change their user name .......

:lol:  :lol:

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On 10/11/2017 at 8:09 AM, stevez51 said:

Someone may need to change their user name .......

Don't even think about using the word statue!  :D:P

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On 10/11/2017 at 10:29 AM, stevez51 said:

Are there any statues of the family members there ..???

 

Just now, blowboatbethesda said:

Don't even think about using the word statue!  :D:P

I did. Maybe there are some there.

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6 minutes ago, stevez51 said:

 

I did. Maybe there are some there.

B):)

I'm not sure, but i think  the old mansion and a small part of the grounds are on  a historical preservation list. 

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5 hours ago, blowboatbethesda said:

Don't even think about using the word statue!  :D:P

maybe if he used Odie the dog from Garfield as his picture and changed it to Odie-ton it would be ok. :lol:

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20 hours ago, Guido2 said:

maybe if he used Odie the dog from Garfield as his picture and changed it to Odie-ton it would be ok. :lol:

Maybe the island is Odenton ........

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