Help Preserve African American History In Burlington

Burlington, N.C. -- The Sit-in Movement, the end of segregation; the Triad is rich in Black History. So many people have made contributions in our communities, but so many don't know all of their names. That's why there's an effort to preserve African American History.

Faijer Blackwell, Catherine Smith and Walter Boyd are part of the group that's heading up this effort in Burlington. On Sunday, February 23, 2014 they're honoring an African American woman who was a trailblazer in their community.

Julia Jordan, who is now 91-years-old, grew up in Burlington. Boyd told WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain Jordan had dreams of achieving higher education, but had to leave Burlington to do so because African Americans in the south were not allowed to pursue Masters Degrees at that time. She went north, earned her degrees and then came back to help better Burlington.

"It's important to celebrate our living heroes while they're still alive," said Blackwell.

You can learn more about Julia Jordan and other African American trailblazers in the Burlington community on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The event is at First Baptist Church located at 508 Apple Street in Burlington. The event starts at 6 p.m. The meet and greet reception immediately follows.

For more information about the event you can contact Catherine Smith at 336-437-2190 or Faijer Blackwell at 336-229-1939.


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