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Nellie Griswold Francis

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 22, 2021

Griswold’s high school graduation photograph, 1891. From St. Paul Central High School records.

Happy Black History Month! 
Throughout the month in Item of the Day we will focus on various influential and inspirational African American women.
Nellie Griswold Francis founded the Everywoman Suffrage Club (ESC) in 1914. It was the only Black woman suffrage organization in Minnesota. 
Later, she was almost single-handedly responsible for the authorship and promotion of the bill for an Act to Prevent Lynching in 1921.
Learn more about her and her work here: