Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: A Centennial Celebration

The “Seven Jewels”: Students, Then Brothers

Nathaniel Allison Murray, 1884-1960

Birthplace: Washington, DC
Cornell Attendance and Degree: Attended Cornell from 1905-1907 and 1909-1911, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1911.
Occupation: Agriculture and biology teacher in the Washington, D.C. public school system
Role in the Fraternity: Jewel

Signed Senior Portrait of Nathaniel Allison Murray, 1911 [view image 1] | [view image 2]

Murray inscribed the back of this photograph to Dr. Burt Green Wilder, Cornell’s first professor of zoology, who served as a surgeon with the Massachusetts 55th Black Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War. Professor Wilder kept in touch with many of his comrades from the regiment.

Murray writes:

With great Respect and in
Appreciation of the many
kindnesses of Dr. and Mrs.
B. G. Wilder.

Sincerely Yours
N. A. Murray.
Cornell Univ.
Ithaca, N.Y.
Class 1911.

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