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Save the Date: UT to Unveil Barbara Jordan Statue

The University of Texas at Austin will unveil a statue of Barbara Jordan, the first black woman to serve in the US Congress since the Reconstruction, on Friday, April 24 at 12 pm.  The statue will be located among the University’s famous Battle Oaks at the corner of 24th Street and Whitis.

Barbara Jordan is best known for achieving many firsts. She became only the third black woman in Texas to become licensed to practice law. She was the first black state senator since 1883 and was the first black woman ever serve in that body in the state. She was the first African-American female to serve as president pro tem of the state senate and served for one day as acting governor of Texas in 1972. Jordan was also the first black woman from a Southern state to serve in the US House of Representatives.

Jordan supported the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 and fought for poor and under-served minority communities. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and was elected into both the Texas and National Women’s Hall of Fame. After retiring from politics in 1979, Jordan became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. Jordan died in 1996 but her contributions have not been forgotten.

The University is proud to honor Barbara Jordan.  The unveiling of the Barbara Jordan statue represents the first statue of a prominent female public figure in the 125 year history of the University.

Please  mark your calendar and join the celebration at UT on April 24!

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