Sister Thea Bowman (1937-1990) was born in Canton. She was a nationally and internationally known evangelist, teacher, gospel singer, writer, lecturer and advocate for justice and peace. She was the first African American woman to receive a Doctorate in Theology from Boston College. Sister Thea, a Francisan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, was the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Theon Bowman of Canton and grew up in the community.
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