Purdue Parker Sisters

Through determination and persistence, the Parker sisters and their family led the successful campaign to integrate university housing.

Giving the Parker Sisters Their Homecoming

When sisters Frieda and Winifred Parker enrolled in Purdue in 1946, they could not live on campus. 

In 1947 they pioneered the end of segregated campus housing at Purdue by moving into the Bunker Hill residences.  

In June of 2021, the Purdue Board of Trustees renamed the Griffin Residence Halls in their honor, making the Parker Residence Halls the first buildings named for Black Alumnae.   

This distinct Purdue story resonates powerfully with Boilermakers past and present, inspiring storytelling across many platforms, including written stories, multiple documentary videos, graphic production and social media campaigns. 


A black and white photo of the members of the first integrated women’s dorms at Purdue. Frieda and Winifred are among the members.

Telling Their Story 

We created a content package for campus partners to participate in telling the story of these two persistent Boilermakers.  

Additionally, read the story as it appeared on BlackEnterprise.com in August, 2021. 


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