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Long-time Central Area business owners George and Nettie Jordan recognized by County Council

Summary

For 35 years, Jordan’s became a one-stop shop for people throughout the Central Area. Schoolkids from Garfield went to Jordan’s to get snacks and African Americans throughout Seattle knew they could get their prescriptions filled at the city’s only African-American owned pharmacy.

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 George and Nettie Jordan are joined by the members of the County Council and their children Glenda Jordan-Buchanan and Arlyn Jordan. The Jordans
were recognized by the Council for their support of the Seattle’s Central Area
through the operation of Jordan’s Drugs,
Seattle’s only African-American owned pharmacy
.

 

George and Nettie Jordan have been partners in life for close to 70 years, and for 35 years, they were partners in one of the most successful businesses in the heart of Seattle’s Central Area. The long time owners of Jordan’s Drugs and Grocery were recognized by the Metropolitan King County Council at the Council’s April 4 meeting for their half-century of work and support in the neighborhood they still call home.

“George and Nettie Jordan have been one of the bedrocks of the Central Area, through their store and their support of numerous activities and programs,” said Councilmember Larry Gossett, the sponsor of the recognition. “This is a well-deserved recognition for the impact they had on Seattle’s African-American community.”

George Jordan is one of the first African-American graduates of the University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy, and after working at Boeing, Nettie enrolled in and graduated from the Columbus Hospital School of Nursing. Together they opened Jordan’s Drug and Grocery at 2518 E. Cherry Street.

For 35 years, Jordan’s became a one-stop shop for people throughout the Central Area. Schoolkids from Garfield went to Jordan’s to get snacks and African Americans throughout Seattle knew they could get their prescriptions filled at the city’s only African-American owned pharmacy.

The success of Jordan’s allowed George and Nettie to be supporters and contributors to a number of civil right causes throughout the Central Area.

The Jordans sold the pharmacy in 1999, but continue to be active members of the Central Area.


 

PROCLAMATION 

 

WHEREAS, after graduating from Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and serving in the U.S. Navy during WW II, George Jordan migrated to Seattle in search of greater social and economic opportunities; and

WHEREAS, Nettie Guiberteaux, who was born in Louisiana, migrated with her parents and five siblings to Beaumont, Texas, where she graduated from Charlton Pollard High School, then followed an older brother and sister to Seattle; and

WHEREAS, George and Nettie met in Seattle and married in 1948, and they had two children, a daughter named Glenda and a son named Arlyn; and

WHEREAS, upon arriving in Seattle, Nettie initially worked at Boeing, and then enrolled in the Columbus Hospital School of Nursing, and began a nursing career after graduating in 1950; and

WHEREAS, George Jordan became one of the first African American graduates of the University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy in 1953, and together with his wife, opened Jordan’s Drug and Grocery Center in 1964; and

WHEREAS, under the ownership of George and Nettie Jordan, Jordan’s Drug and Grocery Center became one of the most successful businesses in Seattle’s Central Area for 35 years, and the only African American-owned pharmacy for over 20 years; and

WHEREAS, as a result of their successful business endeavors and community spirit, George and Nettie became two of the most prominent donors to community-based civil rights, social, and athletic programs;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, proclaim April 4, 2016, as

GEORGE AND NETTIE JORDAN DAY

in King County and ask all county residents to join us, as we honor one of Seattle’s preeminent pioneer families for their groundbreaking success, entrepreneurship, and generous contributions to the community.


DATED this fourth day of April, 2016.


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