“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)

Alpha House

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By J.T. Lambrou, May 5, 2021
1. Alpha House Marker
Inscription.  Built about 1918, this Neoclassical-style structure houses Gamma Lambda Chapter, third graduate chapter of the first black national Greek letter fraternity in the United States: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Founded in 1906 at Cornell University, the fraternity’s aims are manly deeds, scholarship and love for all mankind. This local chapter, established in 1919, served as a focal point for black social, cultural, educational, and community service activities in an era when there were few other outlets. The chapter continues civic and cultural work and involvement in nonprofit business enterprises that benefit the metropolitan Detroit community. Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, and Edward “Duke” Ellington, among others, are national members who have achieved prominence.
Erected 1978 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L0549.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitecture
Alpha House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, May 5, 2021
2. Alpha House Marker
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Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
Location. 42° 20.887′ N, 83° 3.228′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Eliot Street 0.1 miles west of Brush Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 293 Eliot St, Detroit MI 48201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Detroit Urban League (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greater Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Recreation Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brewster Homes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Friendship Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Orchestra Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); The Detroit Medical College (approx. ¼ mile away); American Academy of Pediatrics (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 6, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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