The Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) and the sorority’s nonprofit, the Ivy Alliance Foundation, are launching a $4 million project to open a museum inside AKA founder Ethel Hedgemon Lyle’s former St. Louis home.

The Jeff-Vander-Lou home is located in St. Louis, northwest of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s campus. The building will honor the history of the Divine 9, AKA sorority. It will also serve the community by building a community center adjacent to the museum that will offer job assistance and skills training.

The community center plans to open with a land dedication at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 at 2850 St. Louis Avenue.

“For over a hundred years, we have been providing service to mankind,” the leader of the chapter’s buildings and properties committee, Tracey Clark Jeffries, said, STL Today reports.

According to Jeffries, construction plans to start in the fall and open to the public by the summer of 2024. Other hands involved in the project include the Kwame Building Group as the contractor, Midwest Bank Centre as the lender, and Sensient Technologies Corp.

“developing underdeveloped areas is a great thing,” Jeffries said. “What we hope is that the people of the community will be able to benefit from it.”

“We want to be there to help them benefit from it,” Jeffries continued.

St. Louis was an accessible location to decide up being Lyle’s hometown, where she attended Sumner High School. Lyle graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she founded Alpha Kappa Alpha in the early 1900s.

Gamma Omega was founded in 1920 in St. Louis and is a home base for hundreds of members. The group prides itself on helping the underserved throughout the region and has collaborated with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and NAACP.