More than 125 years ago, James Jordan and his community fought against discrimination as part of the Underground Railroad. They recognized that slavery was unjust and risked their lives to help Freedom Seekers escape to new lives in Canada. Jordan’s bravery and commitment to justice serve as an inspiration to the West Des Moines Historical Society and to all those who fight against discrimination and social injustice.
We are announcing Social Justice Saturday at the Jordan House Museum (2001 Fuller Road) the 2nd Saturday of June, July and August. From 1-3pm the Jordan House Museum will be open for self-guided tours and representatives from local groups and organizations focusing on social justice in our community will be available to talk about their work.
June 10: ACLU Iowa
July 8: Garden Gate Ranch
August 12: West Des Moines Human Rights Commission
September 16: One Iowa
These tours are free of charge, but free will offerings will be accepted.
Discrimination in any form is unjust and goes against the basic human rights and dignity that all individuals should be entitled to. We urge all Iowans to consider the impact of their actions and to recognize the lessons of history and the struggles that previous generations have faced in fighting discrimination and social injustice.