Rose Leonora Jourdain

Name: Rose Leonora Jourdain
Birth Date: June 25, 1931
Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois, USA
Death Date: March 15, 2010
Death Location: Evanston, Illinois, USA


Rose Jourdain was a writer, editor and teacher, among many other things. She is most commonly remembered for her first novel “Those the Sun Has Loved,” which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly in 1978. From working at Ebony Magazine to teaching at Evanston Township High School, Rose Jourdain proved herself a force to be reckoned with before the publication of her novel. An advocate of social justice, literary and human rights, and intellectual pursuits, Jourdain’s love for these sectors is evidenced by her tireless crusades and immortality in the community she lived in. Jourdain worked at other Johnson Publishing. She attended Ebenezer AME Church and Second Baptist Church.

Father: Edwin Bush Jourdain
Mother: Emmaline Hardwich Jourdain
Children: Jacqueline Jourdain
Education: Foster Elementary, Haven Middle, Evanston Township High School, Lake Forest College, Northwestern University
Years in Evanston: all her life - 81 years

Sources: Rose Jourdain Obituary, Chicago Tribune, January 13-19, 2011; 1940 U.S. Census