Founded on friendship.
Kappa Delta was founded by four friends on Oct. 23, 1897, at State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. Through the power of friendship, these young women created an organization that would last well over a century and impact the lives of thousands upon thousands of women. Scroll over the photos to learn more about the founders.
LENORA ASHMORE BLACKISTON
Lenora was unconventional. She was a dreamer and an idealist filled with enthusiasm for new ideas. Nicknamed "Nora," she was a writer and a poet, able to put her thoughts into action. She was the one who first suggested the idea of forming a sorority.
JULIA GARDINER TYLER WILSON
Julia was quiet and extremely intelligent. She came from a distinguished and respected family; her grandfather was John Tyler, former U.S. president, and her father was the president of the College of William and Mary. She was characterized as capable, dependable and possessing considerable artistic talent. She designed the Kappa Delta badge.
SARA TURNER WHITE
The daughter of a Virginia senator, Sara was gracious and friendly. She enjoyed social activities and was known as being a bit more straight-laced than most students. Sara remained steadfastly involved with Kappa Delta throughout her long life.
MARY SOMMERVILLE SPARKS HENDRICK
Mary was much loved and respected by all students at State Female Normal School. She was a Bible class leader and was known for her fine character and gentle understanding. Mary had concern for others, perhaps because, at 23, she was more mature than the younger students.