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Barbara Jordan Remembered

Written by Claire Ronner.

Jordan was not only the first African American to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery—her statue was also the first of a female on UT’s campus. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

With her passing in 1996, Barbara Jordan became the first African American to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, an honor for which she advocated for African Americans while in the Texas State Senate. Her grave rests behind that of Stephen F. Austin. Call 512/463-0605.

The Barbara Jordan Memorial Statue stands at 24th and Whitis Streets on UT Austin’s campus, where Jordan taught.

The Austin Bergstrom International Airport named its passenger terminal for Representative Jordan, and a commemorative statue and plaque stand in the baggage claim area.

Inside the Texas State Capitol, Barbara Jordan’s portrait hangs in the Senate Chamber. Call 512/305-8400.

Browse Jordan’s personal papers in the Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Archives at the Department of Special Collections in the Robert James Terry Library on Texas Southern University’s campus in Houston. Call 713/313-4416.

See related: The Great Texas Orator and Memorable Barbara Jordan Quotes

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From the September 2012 issue.

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