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 congresswomen 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.
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.