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11001 Tara Blvd
Hampton, GA 30228

Sigma Chi, like many great movements, has roots in the past. Of vast importance is our heritage taken from the Roman Emperor Constantine and the Constantine Chapter, which was established by Sigma Chi Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

During the third century, Rome was engaged in a struggle against the entangling coils of decadence. The entire era was one continuous war, with the army perpetually shifting support from one leader to another.

The confusion and chaos provided opportunity for a strong man to rise to power. Flavius Constantine accepted the challenge.

The historian Eusebius credits Constantine's eventual success to a mystical experience Constantine had on the eve of the decisive battle with Maxentius. Constantine saw a fiery white cross in the sky and the words In Hoc Signo Vinces, which means, In this Sign You Will Conquer.

And so it was, 15 centuries later. A great country, this time the United States of America, was torn by tragic civil war. Brother fought against brother, and father fought against son. This young but strong country seemed doomed to complete disintegration.

Out of this disunity, a young Confederate soldier named Harry St. John Dixon assembled a small band of dedicated Sigma Chis in a little log cabin outside Atlanta on Sept. 17, 1864, to conduct an Initiation.

Pledged to high ideals, these men were ready to fulfill them, even when death seemed imminent. From their meeting sprang new hope for reunifying their Fraternity—North and South.

Sigma Chi sought unity, even during intense division. And it would survive the Civil War through the acts of Dixon and his inspiration.

The words In Hoc Signo Vinces bridged the Mason-Dixon line, and Sigma Chi was united again.

The Emperor Constantine and Harry St. John Dixon, two warriors separated in time by centuries, were joined by the White Cross in the spirit of brotherhood eternal.

Near the site of the Constantine Chapter meeting place is a beautiful marble memorial monument in the shape of a Sigma Chi badge.

Read more about the Constantine Chapter and the creation of the Constantine Memorial in this pdf by Ralph McGill, Vanderbilt 1921, Pulitzer Prize winner and former columnist and editor of The AtlantaConstitution.

Visiting the Constantine Chapter Memorial Monument

If you have questions concerning the Constantine Chapter Memorial Monument, or you need information on visiting the site, please contact the site’s warden, Robert S. Petry at (706) 882-4816, or by using the contact form on this website.

A Google map, GPS coordinates, and the monument's address have also been provided to aid you in your quest.