Since 1925, Sigma Lambda Chapter has been a pillar in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the City of New Orleans. We are building on that strong legacy by continuing to prioritize brotherhood, service, leadership, and achievement. From A.P. Tureaud and Dutch Morial to Emmett Bashful and Charles Teamer, Sr., the men of Alpha Phi Alpha have stood up and helped lead at defining moments in our city for more than 90 years.


The Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was chartered by the Seventeenth Annual Convention of the Fraternity held in New York City from December 27-31, 1924.

On December 5, 1925 the chapter officially installed in New Orleans, Louisiana by the Southern Vice President of the Fraternity, Brother Charles W. Green.It became the first black greek letter organization established in the Greater New Orleans area.

The charter members (or founding members) represented a distinguished group of men including: Bro. Lucien Alexis, Bro. Osceola Blanchet, Bro. Edward M. Coleman, Bro. C.C. Haydell, Bro. William H. Mitchell, Bro. Rudolph Moses, Bro. Jesse O. Richards and Bro. Robert E. Jones

Brother Lucien Alexis was a graduate of Harvard University and principal of McDonogh 35 Senior High School; which was the first high school in the Greater New Orleans area for African American students. Bro . Alexis also owned a business school.

Brother Osceola Blanchet was a graduate of Talladega College and earned a master’s degree from Xavier University. He taught at McDonogh 35 Senior High School for more than 40 years. Bro Blanchet was an outstanding musician who produced many operettas at the school and served as Minister of Music at Central United Church of Christ

Brother Edward M. Coleman was graduate of Talladega College and earned a master’s degree from Iowa State University. He served as Professor of History at Straight College (Straight College merged with New Orleans University to form Dillard University in the 1930's).

Brother C.C. Haydell was a graduate of Howard University’s Medical School. In addition to his extensive medical practice he was President of the Standard Life Insurance Company.

Brother William H. Mitchell ,was a graduate of Springfield College, Executive Director of the Dryades Street Y.M.C.A. He earned a master’sdegree from Columbia University. He was also Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia - later Consul General.

Brother Rudolph Moses was a graduate of the University of Iowa. He earned master’s from Columbia University. He served as a faculty member at Dillard University and institutions which preceded it.

Brother Jesse O.Richards was a graduate of Atlanta University and was principal of several schools in New Orleans including J.S. Clark.

Brother Robert E.Jones was a graduate of Bennett College with a B.A. Degree and a B.D. from Gammon Theological Seminary. He was a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.