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Wordless Wednesday: Fraternity Pledges, Lincoln University, 1920s

August 18th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance


Alpha Phi Alpha pledges at Lincoln University. Thurgood Marshall (middle row, second from the right) would go on to become the first Black justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.


Posted by Ajuan Mance

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4 Responses

  1. Sukhmandir Kaur

    I hope young people can appreciate all the challenges faced and met for such achievements. Thanks for bringing us these bits of history Happy WW

  2. Chanel

    Wow. This picture sent shivers down my spine because of the sheer historic nature of it. Back then no one knew Thurgood Marshal would become who he became. He may have had an innate desire for greatness but man…look at him now. He’s written into history books. smh. This is powerful stuff here Professor Mance. I’m glad I found your blog!

  3. carole

    I am a graduate of Lincoln U. of PA and this is a marvelous photo of Justice Thurgood Marshall. One for history! I’m proud to be a Lincolnite!

  4. Melissa

    I love seeing this picture!! My grandfather was in the same fraternity with him, and also graduated with him. There is another picture that the librarian at Lincoln sent to me with the whole fraternity in it. My granfather is in that one with him.