Founder P.O.M. Ceremony

Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc


Founder Pauline Oberdorfer Minor

Founder Pauline Richardson Oberdorfer Minor, 1910 Philadelphia High School for Girls graduate, 1 of 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc in 1913, Howard University Valedictorian Class of 1914, Educator, Mezzo-Soprano, Composer, and Author died on April 23, 1963.

Through a request by C. Gloria Akers, National Heritage and Archives member, Dr. Geraldine Myles, Researcher, found Soror Pauline Oberdorfer Minor buried in aPOM Invitation-v6_TBN_4review2_Page_1 pauper’s grave with three other persons at Historic Eden Cemetery, 1434 Springfield Road Collingdale, PA 19023. Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter members, under the leadership of President Maxine C. Harvey, unanimously resolved to give our Beloved Founder a proper Head Stone to honor her memory.

Historic Eden Cemetery 
Eden Cemetery is a historic African -American Cemetery located in Collingdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia, PA. The oldest African-American –owned cemetery in the United States, it was established June 20, 1902. The cemetery is still in operation. In July 2008, vandals toppled over 200 headstones in the cemetery. Vandalism is a continuing problem. Funds are needed to obtain Security Cameras. Your help is needed. Please make a tax -deductible contribution of as a gift of support and send to: 

Mrs. Mina Cockroft, Director
Historic Eden Cemetery
1434 Springfield Rd.
Collingdale, PA 19023

Further information about the history of Eden Cemetery and the issues it faces is detailed in the Film “Bury Me In A Free Land

For more information contact Co Chairs:

Marion B. Johnson – mbjmanor@verizon.netPOM Luncheon Form

Toni Nottingham –


Final Resting Place of Founder Minor