1902 African American Portrait Print
FAMOUS NEGROES OF THE
MRS. ARIEL SERENA HEDGES BOWEN
Image Size : 7 1/4 X 5 inches
Overall Size: 9 1/2 X 7 inches
: Excellent Condition. Print Image is clean, clear
and sharp with beautiful detail. Suitable ageing. As scanned.
Printed on cream color coated paper.
Mrs. Ariel Serena Hedges Bowen, wife of Dr. J. W. E. Bowen
of Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Ga., was born in
Newark, N. J. Her father was a Presbyterian clergyman in
that city. He had graduated from Lincoln University, Pa.,
and had organized churches in New York State. Her mother
represents one of the oldest Presbyterian families of that
State. Her grandfather was a bugler in the Mexican war, and
was a Guard of Honor when Lafayette revisited the United
States. Her parents removed early to Pittsburg, Pa., where
she attended the Avery Institute. She completed the Academic
course of this school. Her parents then moved to Baltimore,
Md., where her father became pastor of Madison Avenue
Presbyterian Church, and finally of Grace Presbyterian
Church. She was sent to the High School of Springfield,
Mass., where she remained and graduated with honor in a
large class in 1885. She also took the Teachers' Course and
Examination and passed a creditable examination and was
favorably considered as teacher for one of the schools of
that city. She was then called to teach History and English
Language in the Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Ala., under
Prof. B. T. Washington.
In the year 1886 she was married to Dr. J. W. E. Bowen. She
became a Life Member of the Woman's Home Missionary Society
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She removed to Atlanta
with her husband in 1893. She became Professor of Music in
Clark University in 1895. She is the State President of the
Georgia W. C. T. U., No. 2. She has written very largely,
among which may be mentioned, "Music in the Home," "The
Ethics of Reform," etc. She is an accomplished vocalist and
musician with the piano and pipe organ. She is busily
engaged in temperance and reform work, together with
training and fitting her family of one boy and three girls
for life. She is regarded as one of the foremost and best
cultured women of her race. She reads Greek, Latin and
German with facility, and is a superb housekeeper.
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