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Barbara Jordan’s Grave In Austin

This afternoon I visited the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. I saw a number of graves of historically significant Texans. One I found interesting was the grave of former Houston Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

Representative Jordan served in the U.S. House from 1973 until 1979. She did not run for reelection in 1978. She gained national attention for her service on the House judiciary committee during the Watergate hearings.

Ms. Jordan was the first black state senator in Texas since Reconstruction. She was one of the first two black Congresspersons from the South in the 20th Century (Andrew Young  of Georgia was also elected in 1972.) Ms. Jordan was the first black woman Congressperson from the South.

Ms. Jordan’s headstone refers to her as an “Eloquent Champion of Ethics and Justice” and as a “Patriot.” 

Ms. Jordan is buried on a hill in the cemetery that overlooks many Confederate war dead.  

Ms. Jordan lived from 1936 until 1996.

Considering the lives of notable figures of the past is a way to evaluate the present. Doing so in the quiet setting of the Texas State Cemetery was an opportunity for useful reflection. If I lived in Austin, I would visit this cemetery often.       


June 18, 2007 - Posted by | Houston, Politics, Texas


  1. Barbara Jordan taught me about losing and winning and what is important. I learned a lot from her biography that was a bestseller a few years ago–Play a long game.

    I know what you mean about that cemetery–I have a spot under a tree there, and went to go see Joe Moreno a time or two.

    Comment by melissa | June 19, 2007

  2. Thanks for the comment. I saw Mr. Moreno’s grave as well.

    Comment by neilaquino | June 19, 2007

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