Naomi Sewell Richardson

(1892–1993) Naomi was the first African American to graduate from Washingtonville High School, before attending Howard University in 1910. While there, she helped found the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority with 22 other women who "wanted to do more for our community into which we would be going after we graduated...not only a social group, but a working group." Their first public act as a sorority occurred in March of 1913 with the Women's Suffrage March in Washington D.C.

Even later in life, Naomi Sewell Richardson was very active in her community and sorority. Although Richardson was known for living quietly, she was admired for her work with extreme activism and civic service. She was the last living founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Over 100 of her sorority sisters attended her funeral. A book titled "A Life of Quiet Dignity" was written about her life and legacy.

Washingtonville Cemetery

Cemetery Road, Washingtonville, NY 10992

Orange County

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