Born: February 21, 1936, Houston, Texas, United States
Died: January 17, 1996, Austin, Texas, United States
Siblings: Rosemary Jordan McGowan, Bennie Jordan Creswell
Education: Texas Southern University
Wheatley High School
Boston University School of Law
Buried: Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA, Plot: Republic Hill Section 1 Row N Number 6
Barbara Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives, and the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. On her death, she became the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery. Jordan's partner of close to 30 years was Nancy Earl. Jordan met Earl, an educational psychologist who would become an occasional speechwriter in addition to Jordan's partner, on a camping trip in the late 1960s. Jordan never publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation, but in her obituary, the Houston Chronicle mentioned her long relationship with Earl. However, one of Jordan's biographers, Mary Beth Rogers, neither confirmed nor denied that the former congresswoman was a lesbian.
Together from (around) 1967 to 1996: 29 years.
Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996)
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At Texas State Cemetery (909 Navasota St, Austin, TX 78702) is buried Barbara Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996), lawyer, educator, an American politician, and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. Jordan's partner of approximately thirty years was Nancy Earl, an educational psychologist, whom she met on a camping trip in the late 1960s.
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