G. P. Bowser

G. P. Bowser

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George Phillip Bowser was born February 17, 1874 in Maury County, about sixty miles south of Nashville, Tennessee. When G.P. was very young his father was killed and his mother moved the family to Nashville where she worked hard to see that her children were well educated. After finishing grade school he took the opportunity to attend Walden University where he mastered five languages in addition to English: Greek, Hebrew, French, German and Latin. G.P. was very religious and his childhood religious experience in the Methodist church was giving him second thoughts. Sam W. Womack, and other Christians in Nashville, took interest in him, teaching him the truth and he soon obeyed the Gospel and started preaching it.

Even though he lost his left arm earlier in life in an accident he became a master printer and at the age of twenty-eight, he edited a newspaper called, “The Christian Echo.” He started a Christian school for black children on Jackson Street in Nashville and opened it on January 6, 1907. He also started schools in Silver Point near Cookville, Tennessee and was instrumental in setting up schools in Detroit, Fort Worth and a University in Terrell, Texas. This great man dedicated his life to Christian education among blacks. He died March 23, 1950.