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Purdue Names Residence Halls for Parker Sisters: A Documentary

While it feels like distant history to some, it wasn’t long ago that university experiences were not integrated. By acknowledging the history of Purdue University, we know the students whose early actions for equity and access to education impacted the lives of generations of Boilermakers. That is the case of the Parker Sisters, who paved the way to integrate student housing the late 1940’s. Purdue University recently recognized their courageous actions by renaming two residence halls in their honor: Frieda Parker Hall and Winifred Parker Hall. The Parker Residence Halls are the first buildings on campus to be named for Black alumnae.

Read the Parker Residence Hall Dedication story.

Learn more about the Parker sisters’ story.