Nellie <I>Griswold</I> Francis

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Nellie Griswold Francis

Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 13 Dec 1969 (aged 95)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 158161824 · View Source
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Nellie Griswold Francis, was born November 7, 1874, in Nashville, Tennesse, daughter of Thomas and Maggie Griswold. Miss Griswold can be found on the 1885 Minnesota census living in St. Paul, Minnesota with her father Thomas and sister Lulu. Miss Griswold graduated from St. Paul Central High School in the 1890’s. In 1893 she married St. Paul lawyer William Trevanne Francis.

Nellie Francis at one time was the president of the Minnesota State Federation of Colored Woman, and was founder of the Everywoman Suffrage Club, working towards obtaining voting rights for women. Mrs. Francis was also the founder of the Everywoman Progressive Council. She wrote the first Minnesota anti-lynching bill which allowed survivors to collect monetary damages. This followed an incident of lynching in Duluth, Minnesota in 1920. The law also allowed for the punishment of police who allowed lynching’s under their watch. Mrs. Francis was also a member of the NAACP and Urban League.

In 1924 William and Nellie Francis bought a home in St. Paul, Minnesota. There was an attempt by the Cretin Improvement Association to have them move. Members of that group marched out front of their home and burned flares. The Francises were harassed with threatening phone calls, letters, and two crosses were burned on their lawn. The couple moved in 1927 when President Coolidge appointed William to serve in Liberia.

After the 1929 death of William Francis in Monrovia, Nellie Francis returned to the United States.

The name of Nellie Francis and other Suffragettes can be found in the Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden on the grounds of the Minnesota capitol located in St. Paul.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 158161824
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nellie Griswold Francis (7 Nov 1874–13 Dec 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 158161824, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by leslie (contributor 47513444) .