“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Omega Psi Phi

Omega Psi Phi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 3, 2015
1. Omega Psi Phi Marker
Inscription. This Victorian structure built in the early 1890s houses the Detroit chapter of the first national Greek letter fraternity established at a Negro University. Omega Psi Phi was founded in 1911 at Howard University in Washington D.C. The Greek letters symbolize the motto "Friendship is essential to the soul." DeWitt T. Burton, Francis Dent and O.T. Davis formed Nu Omega, the local chapter in 1923. Fifteen years later Nu Sigma, the undergraduate chapter, began at Wayne State University. Purchased in 1942 by Nu Omega, this house fulfilled the fraternity's initial purpose by creating an association of college men with similar ideals of manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift. Many members of this chapter achieved local or national prominence.
Erected 1977 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L485.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 21.742′ N, 83° 3.861′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on East Ferry Street 0 miles east of John R Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 235 East Ferry Street, Detroit MI 48202, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Omega Psi Phi House image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., June 3, 2015
2. Omega Psi Phi House
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewis College of Business (within shouting distance of this marker); Detroit Association of Women's Clubs (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Lang Freer House / Merrill-Palmer Institute (about 500 feet away); Robert Pauli Scherer (about 700 feet away); Scarab Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Congregational Church of Detroit (approx. half a mile away); Wayne State University (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Detroit.
Also see . . .  Omega Psi Phi fraternity website. (Submitted on June 23, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Categories. African AmericansEducationFraternal or Sororal Organizations
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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