Rev. Dr. Owen Meredith Waller (1868-1939)

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Waller was born in #EastvilleVA circa 1868 to John and Ellen Waller. When he was 5 years old, his parents moved to Baltimore, MD and for nine years, Waller attended #StMarysAcademy on Biddle Street. He was also educated in #England and studied at #StJohnsClassicalSchool (Oxford, England) and #UniversityofOxford.


In 1892, he graduated from #GeneralTheologicalSeminary (New York) and was ordained a deacon. Shortly afterward, he was advanced to the Priesthood and served at #StThomasEpiscopalChurch (Philadelphia), the oldest African American congregation in the country.


From 1896-1905, Waller pastored at #StLukesEpiscopalChurch in Washington, D.C., and resigned after he earned his medical degree from #HowardUniversityMedicalSchool. He moved to Brooklyn, NY and worked as a physician.


Owen was the younger brother of #RevDrGarnettRussellWaller, one of the founders and longtime pastor of #TrinityBaptistChurch (now in historic #OldWestBaltimore). Rev. Dr. G.R. Waller was also one of the founding members of the #NiagaraMovement, the precursor to the #NAACP, along with his brother Owen.


Owen traveled back and forth to Baltimore, where he preached at #StJamesEpiscopalChurch in #LafayetteSquare in historic #OldWestBaltimore, and Father George F. Bragg, pastor of St. James, preached at Waller's church, St. Thomas.


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