Eugene Kinckle Jones



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Eugene Kinckle Jones

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Eugene Kinckle Jones


Jones, Eugene Kinckle, 1885-1954
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Civil rights--Southern States
National Urban League


An autographed portrait of Eugene Kinckle Jones, which is housed at the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, located at 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jones was born on July 30, 1885, in Richmond, Virginia. While attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1906, Jones, along with six other students, founded the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He served as the chapter's second president and organized the fraternity's first three chapters to branch out from the school: Beta at Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Gamma at Virginia Union University in Richmond; and the original Delta chapter at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (present-day Huston-Tillotson University).

Jones later became an organizer for the National Urban League, and then founded the Boston Urban League in 1917. The following year, he became the NUL's first Executive Secretary and stayed in that position until he retired in 1941. Under Jones' guidance, the League implemented boycotts broke down barriers to equal employment opportunities for African Americans in the 1920s and 1930s. He also served in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Black Cabinet, which advised the President on race issues. Jones died on January 11, 1954, in Flushing, Queens, New York.


Original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print: Sun room, image 114, Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1885-1938

Date Modified


Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print.

Is Part Of

Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Collection, Daytona Beach Collection, Volusia County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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8 x 10 inch autographed black and white photographic print




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Boston, Massachusetts
Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Mary McLeod Bethune Home, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida

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History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Cepero, Laura

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Source Repository

External Reference

"History of the National Urban League." National Urban League.
"Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: A Centennial Celebration: The Seven Jewels: Students, Then Brothers." Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternit.
Wesley, Charles H. The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development in Negro College Life. Washington, D.C.: Foundation Publishers, Howard University, 1948.

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Original Format

1 autographed black and white photographic print

Physical Dimensions

8 x 10 inches


“Eugene Kinckle Jones.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed October 4, 2023,



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