Statue of Barbara Jordan to be Unveiled April 24 on The University of Texas at Austin Campus

March 10, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — A statue of civil rights champion Barbara Jordan will be unveiled at The University of Texas at Austin on April 24, from noon-1 p.m.

The ceremony celebrates the life of Jordan, the first African American woman from the South to serve in the U.S. Congress, and commemorates the unveiling of the first statue of a prominent female public figure honored in the 125-year history of the university.

The bronze statue, crafted by California artist Bruce Wolfe, will be placed in the Battle Oaks area north of the university's student union. The unveiling is the culmination of a seven-year project, initiated by a group of women students and supported by the administration of The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas System Board of Regents, the Texas legislature and the Governor of Texas.

More information, including photos and a biography of Jordan, is online.

For more information, contact:  Leslie Blair, Div. of Diversity & Community Engagement, 512-232-4621.