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Way Back Wednesday: Lena Jordan

On April 6th we will celebrate the birth on an unsung hero in Arkansas history. Her name is Lena Jordan and countless AR residents owe their lives to this woman. Who is she and what did she do to make such a difference?
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Lena Jordan was born in Georgia on April 6th 1884 but moved to Little Rock in the 1920s and began her career as a registered nurse at the Mosaic Templars Hospital.  In the 1930s the AR Home and Hospital for Crippled Negro Children was in danger of closing.  When no one stepped forward to help meet the hospital's mortgage Jordan mortgaged her own home to keep the hospital open.  It was later named the Lena Jordan Hospital and was open to all black patients regardless of their ability to pay.  Physicians, both black and white, donated their time and talent for charity patients.  Jordan went on to train and educate nurses and open up worlds of opportunity for those who otherwise might not have much.  Lena Jordan passed away on September 30, 1950.  There's no telling how many Arkansas families even exist today because of the selfless, sacrificial heroism of this great Arkansan. 
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