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Don Speed Smith Goodloe Papers

 Collection — Box: 4312.001
Identifier: MSS-4312

Scope and Contents

This collection highlights the efforts of African American educator Don Speed Smith Goodloe to improve secondary education for African American students in Maryland’s segregated educational system from 1910 to 1911. The collection is composed of two series: Correspondence, 1910-1911, and Records for the Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie for the Training of Colored Youth, also known as the Maryland State Normal School No. 3. The collection is strong in incoming correspondence as it pertains to the completion of the school. The collection highlights the struggles of an African American educator’s attempts to improve secondary education for African American students in a segregated educational system.


  • 1910 - 1911

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Biographical / Historical

Don Speed Smith Goodloe was born in Lowell, Kentucky, on June 2, 1878. Goodloe attended Berea College, a racially integrated school in Berea, Kentucky, from 1893-1898. From 1898-1899 Goodloe attended segregated Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee, for his education training. This is where he met his wife Fannie née Carey. The couple went on to have three sons.

In 1900 Goodloe became the principal at segregated Greenville College in Tennessee. In 1904 he and Fannie relocated to Meadville, Pennsylvania, so that Goodloe could complete his B.A. from Allegheny College and enroll in the Meadville Theological School. In 1906 the Goodloe family relocated to Danville, Kentucky, as Don resumed his career as teacher at Danville Industrial Normal School. In 1910 Goodloe became the founding principal of the Maryland Normal and Industrial School for the Training of Colored Youth, originally located in Baltimore and later in Bowie.

Upon resigning from the school, the Goodloes relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where Don managed rental properties. In 1949 Goodloe divorced Fannie and remarried. Goodloe died in 1959 in Washington, D.C.

The state legislature of Maryland authorized the control of the Maryland State Normal School No. 3 in 1908. It was decided in 1910 that the school would be moved from Baltimore to Bowie on a then 187-acre tract of land. Goodloe became the founding principal of the school and would continue in the position until 1921. The school opened in 1911 to train students in fields of skilled labor and basic academic subjects in segregated African American schools. The first year of operation the school accepted 58 students both male and female. In 1914 the school changed its name to Maryland Normal and Industrial School at Bowie as teacher training programs continued to expand.

In 1963 the school became Bowie State College with new majors in English, history, and social science. The college expanded to Bowie State University in 1988 as academic programs and enrollment realized significant growth.


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Guide to the Don Speed Smith Goodloe Papers
July 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266