The Nelson Wells Legacy Circle
The Nelson Wells Legacy Circle recognizes gifts made to Bowie State University through estates.
The Circle is named for Nelson Wells, a former slave, who gave the first such gift to the institution known today as Bowie State University. Wells, a drayman (the driver of a low, heavy cart used for hauling) in Baltimore at least from 1827 to 1842, expressed a desire to leave an endowment for the education of free black children in Baltimore. Prior to his death at age 57 in 1843, Wells signed two documents, a will and letter of instructions, which bequeathed about $3,500 in stock of the City Corporation. At the time of Wells' death, a school meeting his description did not exist, and the legal status of a freedman's estate was questionable. Wells' gift was held by his physician and two trusted associates until the gift was conveyed in1871.
The university is pleased to recognize the following individuals who have remembered Bowie State University in their estates:
*Mary V. Taylor (Class of 1929)
*Lt. Col. Robert O. Goodman, Sr., USAF (Ret), Esq.
Gifts of Insurance
To make a difference like Nelson Wells, you can leave a legacy to Bowie State by making a planned gift. Contact the Division of Institutional Advancement at 301-860-4300.
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