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The Houston Highway will honor Barbara Jordan, the first African American woman elected to the Texas Senate

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A portion of Highway 288 will be renamed the Barbara Jordan Memorial Parkway in honor of the deceased congressmen on International Women’s Day.

According to TxDOT, the ribbon cutting and unveiling ceremony took place at 11 a.m. at the Southmore Bridge near the renamed portion between the city of Pearland and downtown Houston.

Born in Houston’s Third Ward, Barbara Jordan was the first black woman elected to the Texas Senate and a black Texan to Congress.

After her death in 1996, Jordan was buried with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Texas State Cemetery.

The highway is the only one in the country to bear Jordan’s name, honoring her decades-long legacy.

The guest list for Tuesday’s opening ceremony includes Jordan’s only living sister, Rosemary McGowen, and State Assemblyman Shawn Thierry (D-Houston), along with other dignitaries, corporate partners, clergy and community leaders.

The inauguration of the highway stems from House Bill 519, authored by Thierry and signed during the 86th Legislative Session on June 16th.

CenterPoint sponsored the funds necessary for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to fabricate and install the new freeway signage.

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Dais Johnston

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