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Beale Street marker honoring fraternity founder found

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(WMC-TV) - The Sigma marker is now back on its perch, and it's disappearance was not as nefarious as first believed.

The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity celebrated the 99th anniversary of the day it was founded Jan. 9 with its historic marker missing from Beale Street.

All that was seen that day was a metal pole.

Fraternity founder A. Langston Taylor was born in Memphis, so the fraternity erected his marker at the location where he conceived the dream of establishing the Sigmas.

"We got word it was damaged in an automobile accident, and some city workers decided to get it and repair it and put it back together," said Memphis City Councilman Harold Collins.

Collins, who is also a member of the fraternity that boasts 200,000 members, is just glad the marker is back in one piece.

The 200 pound marker cost the fraternity $2,600.

Collins said no harm is done and calls this a happy ending.

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