Explore the Legacy of One of America's First African American Congresswomen
Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) was a leader in civil rights for people of color, LGBT individuals, and people with disabilities (Jordan had suffered from multiple sclerosis since 1973). She was the first black U.S. Congresswoman from the Deep South, a civil rights lawyer, and a leader in the Nixon impeachment hearings. Jordan’s legacy stretches across the United States. This guide offers a look at some of the sites throughout the country where Jordan—alongside her speechwriter, caretaker, and partner Nancy Earl—broke ground throughout her career.