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Carolyn Brown Mosby, American State legislator ( govt: legislation administration)state legislator. Recipient Women's Agenda for Action award, 1981, INFO Newspaper awards as Outstanding Citizen in Politics, 1983, in Government, 1983, Outstanding Citizen award City of Gary, 1983, Ovington award National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1987; Harvard University fellow, 1986.


Mosby was born in Nashville, Tennessee to Alvin Thomas Brown (1912 – 2007) and Mary Snelling Brown (1912 – 1989 , and moved to Gary in 1943. In 1966 she married the late John Oliver Mosby, Sr. To this union one daughter, Carolyn Elizabeth Mosby (1967 - ) was born.


Mosby was a 1949 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Gary, and then attended the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana and Indiana University Northwest in Gary.


Previously, Mosby had served in the Indiana House of Representatives since 1978, also representing Gary. A marriage to the late William E. Jordan Jr., produced one son, William E. Jordan, III (1952 - ). In 1951, she became the first black clerical employee at the Northern Indiana Public Service Company.

She died in Gary on Jan 22, 1990. Mosby was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 1978, and re-elected in 1980, and then the Indiana State Senate in 1982. She waste-elected in 1984, and again in 1988.

In the state Senate, she was the author of Indiana’s first Minority Business legislation (Indiana Public Law 32 – 1982) which created the Governor’s Commission on Minority Business Development. She was also the author for the state's casino gaming legislation, with Gary being the site of the first riverboat casino. She was the first black to serve on the Indiana Legislative Council, National Conference of Insurance Legislators Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislators, National Legislative Conference on Arson and National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

She was also the recipient of a Residence Fellowship at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Mosby was honored posthumously by Indiana Black Expo, Inc., renaming their humanitarian award the Senator Carolyn Brown Mosby Above & Beyond Award. The award is presented each year during the organization’s Corporate Luncheon. It has been given to actor Louis Gossett Jr., former NBA player Alan Henderson and gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, just to name a few.

A senior citizens high rise in Gary, also bears her name, along with Indiana State Road 53 – “Broadway”, that runs from the entrance to the U.S. Steel plant in Gary to Crown Point, Indiana. NIPSCO also funds a scholarship for high school students presented by the Urban League of Northwest Indiana each year.


  • She was named Gary INFO News’ Outstanding Citizen. Recipient of the Gary Branch NAACP Ovington Award. Receiving the Presidential Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the prestigious and coveted Sagamore of the Wabash Award presented her by former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh.


Through Covenant each individual accepts the relationship with God. It is not about acquiring a relationship with God, but living within the loving relationship that God has already offered.


The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.


God created humans to be able to innovate and evaluate new forms of living that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals.


Member Indiana House of Representatives, 1979-1982, Indiana Senate, 1982-1990. Member N.W. Indiana Forum (board directors 1985-1988), Gary Chamber of Commerce (director 1981-1983), National Council of Negro Women and Business & Professional Women, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, National Caucus of State Legislatures, Council of State Govts., Sigma Gamma Rho (honorary). Member editorial board American Institute of Management magazine, 1980-1982.

Died January, 1990.


Married William Edward Jordan, 1950. 1 child William Edward. Married John Oliver Mosby, February 5, 1966 (deceased April 1, 1988).

1 child Carolyn Elizabeth.

Alvin Thomas Brown

Mary Elizabeth (Snelling) Brown

William Edward Jordan

John Oliver Mosby

William Edward Mosby

Carolyn Elizabeth Mosby