Black and white photograph of the Phyllis Wheatley House diamond ball team, summer 1926. Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance) stands at the far left.

Phyllis Wheatley House diamond ball team

Phyllis Wheatley House diamond ball team, summer 1926. Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance) stands at the far left.

Black and white photograph of Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance), 1917. From the 1917 Duluth Central High School yearbook, Zenith.

Ethel Ray

Ethel Ray (later Ethel Ray Nance), 1917. From the 1917 Duluth Central High School yearbook, Zenith.

Nellie Francis, 1912. From the St. Paul Appeal, July 27, 1912, p.3.

Nellie Francis in the "St. Paul Appeal"

Nellie Francis, 1912. From the St. Paul Appeal, July 27, 1912, p.3.

Nellie Francis and the Folk Song Coterie, from Musical America, August 3, 1910.

Nellie Francis and the Folk Song Coterie

Nellie Francis and the Folk Song Coterie, from Musical America, August 3, 1910.

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

Nellie Griswold

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

Francis, Nellie (1874–1969)

Nellie Francis pressed the limits of what an African American woman was permitted to achieve in early twentieth-century Minnesota. She was a churchwoman, clubwoman, suffragist, organizer, singer, civil rights worker, patriot, and wife to Minnesota’s first African American diplomat, William T. Francis.

Black and white photograph of Anna Sheerin Lowe, ca. 1895–1900.

Anna Sheerin Lowe

Anna Sheerin Lowe, ca. 1895–1900.

Lowe, Anna Sheerin (1861–1933)

Anna Sheerin Lowe became Minnesota’s first female sheriff when the Murray County Commissioners appointed her to fill her husband’s unexpired term in 1923. Faced with the difficulty of enforcing Prohibition laws, Lowe fulfilled her duties as sheriff and won the respect and gratitude of the community for her three years of service.

Gown made from a wedding sari worn by Neena Gada

This dress was originally a sari worn by Neena Gada during her wedding in India in 1967. In 1971, after she had moved to Minnesota, she converted it into a gown and wore it to formal events.

Black and white photograph of Bake-Off Grand Prize Winner Julie Konecne (Bemidji, MN) tasting her chocolate pecan praline layer cake, 1988.

1988 Grand Prize winner, Chocolate Pecan Praline Layer Cake

Bake-Off Grand Prize winner Julie Konecne (Bemidji) tastes her chocolate pecan praline layer cake, 1988.

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