Turkiya Lowe

Academic Historian
Turkiya L. Lowe, Ph.D., is currently the Southeast Regional Program Manager for the Underground Railroad Nework to Freedom Program for the National Park Service (NPS).  Dr. Lowe also coordinates the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (CRDIP).  The program places college students with NPS parks and program offices, state Historic Preservation offices, other federal government agencies, local and state governments, and private organizations.  In addition, Dr. Lowe consults on projects for community-based, African American organizations.  She researched and wrote a manuscript for the Greater Seattle Chapter of The Links, Inc. that was published as The History of the Greater Seattle Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, 1955-2005 (Seattle, 2005).
Dr. Lowe  earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in History from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2002 and 2010, respectively.  Originally from Savannah , Georgia , Ms. Lowe received her Bachelor of Arts from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  Her academic fields of interest are African American History, 20th century US History, and Women’s History.

George Putnam Riley (1833-1905)

Image Ownership: Public domain George Putnam Riley, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, was an important figure in the Pacific Northwest during the nineteenth century. Riley’s grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War under General Israel Putnam, and his middle name probably refers to his grandfather’s commander. His father, William … Read MoreGeorge Putnam Riley (1833-1905)

Washington State Federation of Colored Women (1917- )

Founded on Aug. 9, 1917 in Spokane, Washington, the Washington State Federation of Colored Women (WSFCW) confederated several social and civic clubs organized by African American women during the early 1900s. The African American women’s club movement in Washington State began in 1908 with the … Read MoreWashington State Federation of Colored Women (1917- )

George Putnam Riley (1833–1905)

George Putnam Riley, a native of Boston, participated in both the California and Canadian Northwest Territory Gold Rushes. In 1869, Riley along with 14 other Portland, Oregon residents–11 African American men, two African American women, and one white man–formed the Workingmen’s Joint Stock Association (WJSA). … Read MoreGeorge Putnam Riley (1833–1905)

Silver Bluff Baptist Church, Silver Bluff, South Carolina (1773- )

The first black Baptist congregation in South Carolina was formed in 1773 on the Galphin Plantation near Silver Bluff, 14 miles northwest of  Savannah, Georgia.  The church was founded jointly by Rev. Wait Palmer, a white Connecticut minister, and African American pastor, George Liele.  The … Read MoreSilver Bluff Baptist Church, Silver Bluff, South Carolina (1773- )

Andrew Bryan (1737-1812)

First named First Colored Baptist Church and located in Savannah, Georgia, First African Baptist Church traces its roots to December 1777, and is officially designated the oldest African American church in the United States.  George Liele, the Church’s founder, continued to evangelize and baptize both … Read MoreAndrew Bryan (1737-1812)