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Name:    Bowles, Carrie
Category:  African-American Experience
Born/Started:    1873
Description:    Carrie Bowles, an African-American teacher, was a social activist who founded the Booklovers Club with Josephine Stevens in 1907.

The Club which began with eight members, grew to 25 within five years. As with many similar women´s clubs, its stated goal was to study. Topics included anthropology, sociology, sculpture, and opera. During World War II ,the Booklovers Club became more visible in social activisism. They protested defense contractors denying jobs to black women and supported the March on Washington Movement. Bowles was also one of the Provident Association’s first professional caseworkers. She joined the Colored Committee of the League of Women Voters in 1919.

In Her Place: A Guide to St. Louis Women's History



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