Barbara Jordan Statue in the City of Texas

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Place Category: Memorial & StatuePlace Tags: Austin Places and Places in TX

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    The Barbara Jordan Statue is a monument honoring the life and achievements of Barbara Jordan – a civil rights movement activist, educator, lawyer, politician, and the first African-American congresswoman from the south.
    The statue, crafted by Bruce Wolfe, is made of bronze and surrounded by plaques telling Jordan’s story and the many ‘firsts’ she accomplished.
    This is the first statue to commemorate a female public figure at the University of Texas. It was erected due to a campaign led by the ‘Orange Jackets’ organization at the university and was unveiled on April 24th, 2009.
    The members of the women’s organization noticed the lack of female representation at the campus. They felt that Jordan should be the first one to be honored for being a symbol of responsibility toward society.
    Another statue of Barbara Jordan is located in Austin–Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.

    Barbara Jordan: A Legislative Pioneer

    The Barbara Jordan Archives at Texas Southern University in Houston preserve the legacy of Barbara Jordan—the first African American senator elected after Reconstruction, the first African American woman to serve in the House of Representatives, and the first African American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery. This video was produced for our heritage travel app, Texas Time Travel Tours. The mobile app features statewide thematic tours focusing on a variety of time periods and cultures in Texas history. View the mobile tours or download the app at
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    Address: 307 W 24th St, Austin, TX 78712
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