Sigma Gamma Rho
Location: 5350 E. University Ave., Indianapolis (Marion County), Indiana 46219
Installed 2022 Indiana Historical Bureau, Irvington Historical Society, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Amid racial and gender prejudice, seven African American teachers founded Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in 1922 at Butler University, located here from 1875-1928. The sorority increased opportunities for African American women pursing academic degrees in education and later all majors. Sigma Gamma Rho grew quickly and, by 1925, hosted its first national convention.
The sorority incorporated nationally in 1929 and later joined the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Black Greek-Letter Organizations. Applying its mission “Greater Service, Greater Progress,” it advocated for civil rights and supported youth, women, and families in areas such as education, health, and empowerment. By 2021, the sorority included over 500 chapters.
African American, Education