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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - June 2021
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By Mary Jane Chew

Residence halls named to honor two courageous Black alumnae

At its June 2021 meeting, the Purdue Board of Trustees formally honored two sisters who, along with their parents, led the campaign to integrate Purdue’s residence halls in the mid-1940s. Freida and Winifred Parker were among the first four Black women to move into the Bunker Hill residence halls in 1947.

The Trustees celebrated the sisters’ legacy by renaming the Griffin Residence Hall buildings — originally named after the mythical creature on the Purdue seal — as Frieda Parker Hall and Winifred Parker Hall.  The buildings are the first buildings on the West Lafayette campus to be named for Black alumnae. 

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