Sophomore Founder Harriet Josephine Terry

The Mid-Hudson Valley was home to Sophomore Founder Harriet Josephine Terry.

Born: Feb 04, 1885 · Cornwall on Hudson, NY (Mid-Hudson Valley, New York)

Died: Aug 15, 1967 · Washington, D.C., United States

On October 30, 1908, Terry was elected treasurer of the sorority.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts in May 1910, with concentrations in Latin, English, French, German, political science, pedagogy, history, and chemistry.In 1949, she established the Epsilon Gamma Omega

alumnae chapter in Normal, Alabama, and led it as president. In 1959, Terry retired from teaching after having worked at Alabama A&M University for nearly 40 years.


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Founders Harriet Josephine Terry, Joanna Berry Shields, Margaret Flagg Holmes & Beulah Burke

Mid-Hudson Valley area was also home to Naomi Sewell Richardson, a member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta Sororities.

She was the first African-American to graduate from Washingtonville High school in New York.

She became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Howard University in 1911.

Two years later in 1913, she became a founding member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

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