I had the unique opportunity yesterday to attend the Dedication Ceremony for Jordan Middle School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where my painting of Mr. H. Rhodes Jordan, Sr. was unveiled. Mayor Judy Johnson commissioned the painting of her father which will hang in the school being named in his honor.
From everyone who spoke yesterday Mr. Jordan sounded like an incredible leader with a heart to serve his community. The only times he lived outside of Lawrenceville were when he was attending University or serving his country in WWII. His incredible memory was legendary as he could easily recall past events from decades ago commenting on the location, timing and weather conditions of the day! He served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives as well as 8 terms as the Mayor of Lawrenceville.
Mr. Jordan’s family was a joy to meet. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was having his great-grandchildren lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance!
I am excited for the wonderful teachers and students of Jordan Middle School as they begin their first year together! Their goal of “Leading a Community of Excellence” seems like a fitting way to honor Mr. Jordan’s legacy.