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Nellie Stone Johnson

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 17, 2021

Happy Black History month! 
Throughout the month in Item of the Day we will focus on various influential and inspirational African American women.
Nellie Stone Johnson was a prominent civil rights activist and union organizer, as well as the first African American elected official in Minneapolis. She opened and operated her own sewing and alterations shop in 1963; this is the electric/treadle sewing machine she used there. Good jobs was one of the issues she cared about most.
Learn more about her here.