On February 1, 1929, the Lampados Club of Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity held a formal ceremony at Andrew Rankin Chapel on the campus of Howard University and unveiled a gift to the University: a 3' fluted pedestal made from Indiana limestone adorned with a bronze sundial affixed to a sculpted chapiter.  The 1929 Lampados Club named this the Banneker Memorial.  We affectionately call it The Dial.  This gift was given to the University in honor of Benjamin Banneker, the distinguished, self-taught African American intellectual whose contribution to U.S. history is significant.

This iconic memorial has become one of the most recognizable edifies on Howard University's campus among students, alumni, administrators, and visitors.  It's been a symbolic cornerstone for the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for over 88 years.

During its history, The Dial has been relocated several times, neglected by lack of maintenance and damaged by HU vehicles on at least two occasions.  In order to maintain this historic, iconic edifice, a comprehensive restoration and improvement initiative is underway to ensure its existence for years to come.


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