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Chapter History
















Prior to the establishment of the Chapter in 1941, Soror Hermione Carter and many other charter members worked with, or served as sponsors of the Alpha Eta Chapter at Virginia State University (College). At the time of the chapter's chartering, Soror Marian Palmer Capps of Mu Sigma (now Norfolk Alumnae) was Eastern Regional Director. Her chapter, established in 1929, was the first chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in Virginia and in January, 1930 was responsible for establishing Alpha Eta. Soror Capps presided at the chartering ceremony and installed the first chapter officers of the Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter. They were: Hermione Carter-King (President), Marietta Cephas (Vice President), Edna M. Patrick (Corresponding Secretary), and Leo Roberts (Treasurer). The other charter members were:


The Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered in Ettrick, Virginia, on April 5, 1941, as the Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter. The name was changed to Petersburg Alumnae Chapter following a decision of the Twenty-Fourth National Convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, in 1956, on the renaming of graduate chapters.


Soror Hermione Carter, a Norfolk native, residing at Virginia State University (then Virginia State College for Negroes), is considered the initiator of the Chapter. She is thusly recognized because of her untiring, yet highly successful, efforts in 1940, directed at organizing the area's first alumnae chapter. 



Elizabeth Anderson
Cleopatra Armstrong
Henrietta Avant
Audrey Brooks

Ruth Brown
Marguerita Davies
Gladys Green
Hattie Jones
Lillian Lewis
Sadie Montague

Alice Murrell
Pearl Nelson

Cecilia Scott
Mae Scott
Callie Smith
Helen Williams
Enid Turner
Ruby Vaughan
Irene Webster
Phyllis William

History in Pictures
Chapter Presidents


 1941-43           Hermoine Carter-King * 

 1943-46           Audrey W. Brooks*

 1946-50           Marietta Cephas* 

 1950-52           Henrietta Avant *

 1952-54           Irene Singleton* 

 1954-55           Hermione Carter-King* 

 1955-56           Helen Sparks*

 1956-58           Margaret Reed*  

 1958-60           Nannie McDaniel*  

 1960-62           Marguerite Davies*  

 1962-64           Laverne Pervall * 

 1964-66           Helen Sparks*

 1966-68           Katherine Bennett* 

 1968-70           Gertie Williams  

 1970-72           M. Annette Rose  

 1972-74           Vivian Williamson*  



 1974-78            Loretta Braxton  

 1978-80            Grace Norbrey*  

 1980-84            Viola H. Clark*  

 1984-86            Loretta Braxton*  

 1986-90            Jacqueline Randolph* 

 1990-94            Thomila H. Wilson 

 1994-98            Marolyn Quarles*  

 1998-00            Yvette G. Robinson  

 2000-04            Vivian A. Williams  

 2004-08            Lynn D. Cook* 

 2008-12            Belinda Dyson 

 2012-16            Vonzella Vincent 

 2016-20            Tanisha Mitchell

 2020-Present   Tonya Brown-Fletcher

* Deceased Chapter President

Chapter Presidents



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