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Established in 1904, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity is the first successful African American Greek Letter Organization.  It was established to provide highly educated and successful African American men with the ability to have fellowship and create a strong bond of brotherhood. Founded just forty years after slavery ended, the Boule has become a network of black achievement and excellence. 


The St. Louis Chapter, Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi, was the seventh member Boule to be chartered back on November 30, 1912.  There were thirteen charter members. They were by name and profession Dr. George Anderson, dentist: Dr. John M. Benson, physician, Dr. William P. Curtis, physician: Clifford H. Evans, teacher: Marcus J. Gilliam, teacher: Edward De Pass Hamilton, teacher: William H. Huffman, teacher: John Mercer Langston, teacher: Henry L. Phillips, teacher: Dr. Samuel P. Stafford, physician: Dr. Charles H. Turner, PhD teacher; Dr. Thomas A. Curtis, dentist; James L. Usher, principal.   James L. Usher became Eta’s first Sire Archon (President).


The national organization has grown to 130 member Boules and 5,000 individual members across the U.S., Bahamas and the U.K.


The list of current members of Eta Boule reads like a who’s who of St. Louis African-American leaders and influencers.