Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Kappa House
1708 S Street, NW
—African American Heritage Trail, Washington D.C. —
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity was founded at Indiana University in 1911. The ten founders determined from the start that membership would be based solely on achievement. In 1949 the fraternity's Washington Alumni Chapter worked with undergraduate chapters at Howard University and Miner Teachers College to purchase this Georgian style former residence designed by Washington architect Leon E. Dessez. "Kappa Kastle" became a popular center of social activity, activism, and philanthropy for African Americans, especially during the era of racial segregation. Members of the Washington Alumni Chapter have led the way in politics, civil rights, education, medicine, the arts, and other fields.
In 1958 past and current Washington Polemachs (leaders) posed at Kappa House. From left, standing: Dr. Samuel L. Bullock, James M. Coggs, Julian Dugas, Dr. Paul P. Cooke, Dr. W. Henry "Stud" Greene. From left, seated, C.K. Brown, Robert Thompson, George E.C. Hayes, James E. Scott, Judge Armond Scott, and Dr. Willisiton H. Lofton.
Collection of Dr. Paul P. Cooke
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1708 S Street, NW, Washington DC 20009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. At 1740 New Hampshire Ave. (within shouting distance of this marker); Rooms With a View (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Hamilton Houston Residence (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charlotte Forten Grimke House (about 700 feet away); Todd Duncan Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); All the Row Houses (approx. 0.2 miles away); See You at the Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); This section of 15th St. (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations •
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