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Divine Nine Plots Project
Help Fund a Lasting Tribute to the Divine Nine at IU
For over 100 years, the nine fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (ie. the "Divine Nine") have worked to create leaders, to promote communication, and increase civic engagement on the Bloomington campus. Help us honor their enduring contribution with a financial gift towards the development of Divine Nine Plots at IU.
Like many black Greek letter organization traditions, the development of plots can be traced to the days of slavery. In the months following the end of the Civil War, confiscated Confederate land was divided into 40-acre plots for homestead development. The Divine Nine constructs plots to symbolically and physically represent each organization's presence on campus and to give alumni and current members a location for reflection and celebration.
Where Will the Plots Be Located?
Ten limestone plot structures (one for each of the nine chapters and a Unity structure representing the NPHC) will be placed in an arc along the sidewalk leading up to the entrance of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. The plaza will be a tribute to the generations of alumni who have served Indiana University and the Bloomington community as members of NPHC organizations.
From the outside, a plot is an area that acknowledges a fraternity or sorority's existence. From within, a plot acknowledges the struggle, faith and power of former educated people of color (that look like me) who modeled perseverance, which led to excellence."
-Alyssa Walker, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Spring 2013
I believe that the University will benefit from having NPHC plots because it shines light and gives recognition to the hard work of NPHC Organizations throughout the past years and the many years to come.” – Jabari T. Adkins, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Since NPHC organizations don’t have chapter houses on campus, these plots will serve as a structure so our presence will be planted in the ground of IU. It is a symbol of all the hard work and perseverance members from the past and present have planted in the Indiana University community. These plots will show that not only are NPHC organizations valuable to our campus, but they are a vital part of IU history, and that is something that should be acknowledged"
–Mercedes M. Jones, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Spring 2014