At the Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Camden, New Jersey where her husband was the pastor, Alexzina Brown along with then Regional Director Evelyn Hunt and Esther C. Payton, chartered Gamma Nu Zeta Chapter with Catherine Johnson of Princeton, Evelyn Hines Ellerbee of Princeton, Jeanne E. Lewis of Millville, Katherine Basselieu Ross of Delaware, and Inez S. Brooks of Camden as its charter members in 1948.
These enthusiastic members held chapter meetings at their churches throughout the state, spreading the work about Zeta. They had successful Finer Womanhood and Founders’ Day programs at which Zeta founder, Arizona Cleaver Stemons was often in attendance. In 1952, the chapter hosted one of the early regional conferences which was held in the Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church auditorium, where more than 200 members converged upon the state. At that time, there weren’t any hotels which would accommodate blacks, therefore delegates were housed in the homes of members and friends.
Inez S. Brooks
Jeanne E. Lewis
Evelyn Hines Ellerbee
Katherine Basselieu Ross
Gamma Nu Zeta Chapter, the Mother Pearl of New Jersey
“From These Strong Roots, Many Branches have Grown.”
Chartered March 25, 1948