Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Celebrates the Unveiling of Alice Allison Dunnigan Statue at Newseum

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority salutes the Newseum and The Freedom Forum for commissioning a statue to honor its late sorority sister Alice Allison Dunnigan for her many achievements as a journalist, civil rights activist, author and educator.

The Newseum’s Patty Rhule and Jan Neuharth were presented with a recognition award for honoring Alice Allison Dunnigan with a statue on Friday by Deborah Catchings-Smith, international president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. 

Rhule is the Newseum’s content and exhibit development vice president, while Neuharth is a trustee of the Newseum and the Freedom Forum Institute in addition to being chair and CEO of the Freedom Forum.

Dunnigan, who was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, was the first African American woman to receive press credentials to cover the White House and Congress.

“Throughout her career, Ms. Dunnigan was a tireless advocate to inform and educate," said Catchings-Smith. "She understood that without a free press, individual freedoms are at risk and that ethical journalism and freedom of thought and expression are essential to our democracy. We believe she joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority because the sorority’s mission and values aligned with her own.” 

About Sigma Gamma Rho

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., an international collegiate and non-profit community service organization, was founded in 1922 on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis. It has welcomed more than 90,000 members who have joined the organization as undergraduates and professionals. Official affiliate groups include Rhoer Club (young girls) and Philos (friends of the sorority). The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, South Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is the mission of the sorority to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service. Programs, initiatives and partnerships are devoted to progress in the areas of education, healthcare, political action and leadership development. The sorority is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s “Divine Nine.” For more information, visit       

Contact: Cheryl Procter-Rogers,, 847-454-7400                               

Source: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.


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