Great-granddaughter of Coweta’s 1st black doctor to speak Tuesday


Photos above – Dr. John Henry Jordan (left), Coweta County’s 1st black doctor, is pictured with wife Millie Jordan and son Edward. On the right is Jordan’s great-granddaughter Karen Jordan.

From Newnan-Coweta Historical Society press release

Karen Jordan, the great-granddaughter of Dr. John Henry Jordan, will be the guest speaker for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s lecture series on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The son of slaves, Dr. Jordan (March 11, 1870 – Sept. 16, 1912) became Coweta County’s first black doctor. After serving as a physician in his hometown of Hogansville, he built the first hospital for black patients in the Chalk Level Neighborhood on Pinson Street. He served all of the community regardless of race, becoming well regarded as a surgeon. Dr. Jordan tragically died at age 42 on his way to a house call.

Karen Jordan, co-founder of EmmGerri and a filmmaker and writer, has continuously worked to keep the legacy of her family alive and known. Jordan states, “I feel it is of vital importance to let the world know of the vast contributions of this trailblazer who happens to be my great-grandfather. His legacy also lives on in my father, Dr. Harold Jordan, and I think both men are ideal illustrations of the fact that nothing is impossible.”

Karen will present on the life and legacy of her great-grandfather on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. as part of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s lecture series. Due to COVID concerns, the lecture will be held via Zoom. Those wishing to attend the lecture can register by visiting the event page on the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s Facebook Page or calling 770-251-0207.

Karen is originally from Nashville and is an author and a former television and print reporter and a co-founder of EmmGerri skincare. She is also a cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and has a Master’s Degree from Stanford University. Her work has appeared in The Tennessean, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Magazine and the Los Angeles Business Journal. In addition, she is writing a book based on her great-grandfather, Dr. John Henry Jordan, and her father, Dr. Harold Jordan.


The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of Coweta County through its programs, exhibitions and collections while serving, engaging and educating the diverse communities of Coweta County and the surrounding region.

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