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Kappa Alpha Psi

 
 
Kappa Alpha Psi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2014
1. Kappa Alpha Psi Marker
Side One
Inscription.
(Side One)
Excluded from social events at Indiana University, black male students founded and incorporated Kappa Alpha Nu in 1911. One of the earliest black national social fraternities established in the U.S. One goal was to expand to other schools to help members attain high “intellectual, moral and social worth.” Name changed to Kappa Alpha Psi, 1915.

(Side Two)
In 1961, over 600 members attended the dedication of this building as the Elder Watson Diggs Memorial, to house the fraternity’s Alpha (first) Chapter. Fraternity sold house in 2005 to Indiana University Foundation. As of 2008, Alpha chapter is active on this campus and more than 700 undergraduate and alumni chapters have been chartered worldwide.
 
Erected 2008 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Indiana University. (Marker Number 53.2008.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 10.74′ N, 86° 30.794′ W. Marker is in Bloomington, Indiana, in Monroe County. Marker is on E. 17th Street west of N. Jordan Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1469 E. 17th St, Bloomington IN 47408, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Kappa Alpha Psi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2014
2. Kappa Alpha Psi Marker
Side Two
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hoagy Carmichael (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Colored School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Monroe County's Carnegie Library (approx. 1.3 miles away); Monroe County / Bloomington World War II Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); G.A.R. Soldiers of All Wars Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Civil War Memorial Cannon (approx. 1.4 miles away); Monroe County W.W. II Honor Roll (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bloomington.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located in front of the Indiana University Police Department which now occupies the fraternity house. Outlines of the Kappa Alpha Psi sign are still visible on the front wall between the second and third stories.
 
Also see . . .  IHB Annotations. The Indiana Historical Bureau provides annotations for the text of the marker on their website. (Submitted on June 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducationFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Kappa Alpha Psi House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2014
3. Kappa Alpha Psi House
The Indiana University Police Department
now occupies the building
Elder Watson Diggs Memorial Fraternity House image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2014
4. Elder Watson Diggs Memorial Fraternity House
This memorial rock is located near
the southeast corner of the building
Kappa Alpha Psi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2014
5. Kappa Alpha Psi Marker
View to east along E. 17th Street
Kappa Alpha Psi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 23, 2014
6. Kappa Alpha Psi Marker
View to west along E. 17th Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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