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Tue, 06.20.1876

Charles Chapman, Educator born

Charles Chapman

*Charles Chapman was born on this date in 1876. Chapman was a Black educator and agribusiness advocate.

Born in Cayuga County, New York, he studied at Howard and Cornell University.  Chapman was one of the seven founders (commonly referred to as Jewels) of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. During the organization stages of the Alpha chapter, he was the first chairman of the Committees on Initiation and Organization. He often commuted to Cleveland, Ohio, where his family lived. His wife was Esther Chapman, who worked as a dietitian in the Cleveland Public School system.

His journey to the South began with teaching appointments at Jackson State College in Mississippi, Alabama A & M College, and Florida A&M University. During his tenure at FAMU, Chapman was a founder of the fraternity's Beta Nu chapter. Charles Henry Chapman died on November 17, 1934, at age 64. His university funeral was held with noticeable Fraternity participation as Chapman became the first Jewel to enter the Omega chapter, distinguished to contain the names of deceased fraternity members. Brother J. Raymond Henderson, the pastor of Wheat Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, preached the sermon.

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