Nellie Griswold Francis was a musician, a suffragist, an organizer, and the belle of St. Paul’s African American society. Nellie Griswold came to St. Paul as a girl from Nashville, and attended from Central High School, where she made a rousing civil rights oration as a graduation speech. She married rising lawyer William T. Francis. It didn’t matter what organization she joined, she soon led every one. She met two presidents of the United States and raised money from Andrew Carnegie for a new organ for Pilgrim Baptist Church. She organized for women’s suffrage and against lynching. She created and led a singing group, the Folk-Song Coterie, that performed only African-American music. She lived until 1969, and you can read more about her life and accomplishments @ http://bit.ly/2ZwneRh.