Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jordan Exhibit at the State Capitol

In honor of Barbara Jordan Week and Jordan’s 76th birthday, the Barbara Jordan Archives, in conjunction with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin, the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation and Senator Rodney Ellis, has installed an exhibit entitled “Congresswoman Barbara Jordan:  American Hero, Texas Legend” in the ground level rotunda at the Texas State Capitol.  A ten-by-twenty foot timeline and over a dozen panels tell Jordan’s story from her beginnings in Houston,  to her achievements in both the Texas Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, to her teaching career at UT-Austin and to her untimely death at age 59.   The purpose of the exhibit is to both salute the incredible career and achievements of Jordan for those who remember her time in the public eye, and to educate people (especially the young students and scholars of Texas) about a real-life Texas hero.  The exhibit will run through February 24, 2012. 

For those who will not be able to see the exhibit in person, we have created an online version of the exhibit.  You may view the slide show by clicking here or view and download a full-color PDF version by clicking here.  We hope you enjoy the exhibit!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Buried Treasures Blogger:
    My name is Jason Stevenson. I'm a freelance writer working on an article on Barbara Jordan for the Southwest Airlines inflight magazine.
    I am trying to uncover a very specific bit of information that might only reside in the TSU archives.
    I am trying to learn the identity of the Houston Fifth Ward church where Barbara Jordan was asked to be a substitute speaker during the 1960 campaign. This moment, I believe, was very important for her political career - and I'd like to know exactly where it happened.
    Is this fact knowable? Or is it lost to history?
    Please let me know your thoughts.
    I can be reached at or 801-419-0568.
    Thank you for your attention to my question.
    Jason Stevenson