John Andrew Bowler

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Grave of Rev. J. Andrew Bowler

John Andrew Bowler (March 1, 1862 – October 7, 1935) was an African American educator and Baptist minister.[1] He was the first minister of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia and was one of the organizers for the first school for African Americans in Church Hill.[2] He died on October 7, 1935 and is buried in the historic Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

The former Springfield School on Twenty Six Street in Richmond was renamed in his honor.

His former students include Delegate James S. Christian, Jr., who described Bowler as an "outstanding teacher".[3]


  1. ^ Parker Belsches, Elvatrice (2002). Richmond, Virginia. Arcadia Publishing. p. 64. ISBN 9780738514031. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  2. ^ Kneebone, John T. "John Andrew Bowler (1862–1935)". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Transcript of Oral History Interview with James S. Christian, Jr., September 30, 1982". Virginia Commonwealth University/Virginia Black History Archives (archive). Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2015.

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