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Jordan Elementary School

 
 
Media Coverage: Tennessean newspaper article
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My name is Meredith McMillan and I am the founding president of Diversity Leadership Project at Brentwood High School.  I’m a cheerleader and I really enjoy Young Life.   Both Model UN and cheerleading taught me that my voice can make a difference in getting others to join me. I have found an important issue I would like you to get behind: naming the new school on Split Log Road in Brentwood “Jordan Elementary School” in honor of Sgt. George Jordan.  Here's a picture of my sister, Megan and brother, Ryan, and me.

Why Should Sgt. George Jordan Matter To Us?

Sgt. George JordanSgt. George Jordan was born into slavery in rural Williamson County, and lived here until just after the Civil War. The man was short, and could not read or write. However, he saw he could make a difference in the lives of others by enlisting as a Buffalo Soldier – serving on the Western frontier, protecting settlers and fighting off vicious attacks by Native Americans.

At the age of 19, Jordan enlisted in the 38th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army. He was a good soldier, and proved to have the skills and drive for advancement in the military. He earned to read and write as an enlisted man, and worked to better his position within the ranks.

A little more than three years after enlistment, the Army transferred Jordan to the 9th Cavalry’s K Troop, which became his home for more than 25 years. This group of men was renowned for its performance against the Apache and Sioux, thanks to the leadership of the enterprising and ambitious Jordan.

Jordan served as a Sergeant in Company K by the time they encountered the Apache warriors at the Battle of Tularosa on May 14, 1880. His small group of soldiers held off more than 100 men. A little over a year later, they bravely fought off another attack at Carrizo Canyon on August 12, 1881.

George Jordan GraveJordan received the highest honor bestowed on an individual serving in the U.S. Armed Services for the valor he demonstrated during these battles. He is currently the first and only Williamson County resident to receive this Congressional Medal of Honor.

Jordan retired in 1897, having reached the rank of First Sergeant. He purchased land in Crawford, Nebraska, and lived near many of his fellow Buffalo Soldier veterans. During his time in Nebraska, he picked up the fight for the rights of former slaves in the United States, including working to help overcome some of the legal barriers still in place that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote granted by the 15th Amendment.

Jordan died in 1904, having never been allowed to vote himself. He was buried in Fort McPherson National Cemetery, in Maxwell, Nebraska.

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