Barbara Jordan, 1936-1996

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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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