The Jewel Founders of Alpha Phi Alpha
The seven visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the fraternity, are Dr. Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.
Nathaniel Allison Murray
Murray pursued graduate work after completing his undergraduate studies at Howard University. He later returned home to Washington, D.C., where he taught in public schools.
Much of his career was spent at Armstrong Vocational High School in the District of Columbia. He was a member of Alpha Chapter’s first committee on organization of the new fraternal group, as well as the Committee on the Grip.
Murray was a charter member of Washington’s Mu Lambda Chapter and was a frequent attendee of general conventions.
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