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New Book Documents the History of Bowie State University in Maryland

torchA new 200-page book authored by Esther Ward Simmons and George Simmons tells the story of the history of Bowie State University in Maryland. Esther Ward Simmons is a professor emerita and former provost at Bowie State University.

The Torch of Knowledge: A History of Bowie State University tells of the origins of the educational institution from a one-room schoolhouse in 1865 to the major research institution of today that enrolls more than 4,300 undergraduate students and more than 1,100 graduate students.

burnimsmall1Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University said that “this book is an important work to highlight Bowie State University’s immense contributions to the state of Maryland, the nation and the world in preparing students to address the challenges of the future.”

The collector’s item costs $70 and is only available from the university’s book store.


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