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Contact: Nathania A. Branch Miles

(240) 381-2998



Prince George’s County Historical Society – Fund-raising Event – “Prince of a County”



The Prince George’s County Historical Society is sponsoring Prince of a County on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2:00-4:00pm at the Don S.S. Goodloe House on the campus of Bowie State University.  The afternoon’s Keynote Speaker is Ricardo C. Mitchell, President of the Bowie State University Alumni Association.

Don Speed Smith Goodloe was born in Kentucky in 1878 and attended Berea College in Kentucky, at the time known as the only racially integrated college in the South.  Goodloe finished his bachelor’s degree at Allegheny College and the Meadville Theological School in Pennsylvania, and was the first black student to graduate. After serving as vice-principal at the Manassas Industrial School in Virginia, he responded to the opportunity to help establish the new school at Bowie.  He was employed as principal under a joint contract with his wife, Fannie Carey Goodloe, who served as matron and music teacher.  D. S. S. Goodloe served as teacher-principal of the new Maryland Normal School from 1911 to 1921.

For its architectural and historical significance, the Goodloe House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. In 2000, the house and approximately 20 acres of property were purchased by Bowie State University; the house is now the Goodloe Alumni House at Bowie State University.

The Prince George’s County Historical Society was founded in 1952 as an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.  Our primary mission is to preserve and promote the County’s long and diverse history through collecting records, documents, photographs, and artifacts; operating the Frederick S. DeMarr Library of County History; providing educational opportunities through lectures, programs and tours and recognizing and supporting individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to the preservation of the County’s rich multi-ethnic, multi-cultural heritage.  At the Prince of the County event we highlight buildings of significant history.

Tickets are $50.00 each and refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Nathania A. Branch Miles at (240) 381-2998 or