The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is putting out a Call to Action to its members to raise $8,000 by Saturday, February 18, 2017, to have Nellie Stone Johnson’s bust placed in the rotunda at the Minnesota State Capital.   Nellie Stone Johnson would be the first African American and first woman to have a bust in the Minnesota State Capitol.

Nellie Stone Johnson, an African American female, was a leader of organized labor in the 1930s and 1940s.  She was the first woman vice-president of the Minnesota Culinary Council, and the first woman vice-president of Local 665 Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union. She was also the first Black person elected to citywide office in Minneapolis when she won a seat on the Library Board in 1945. She also served on the Minnesota State University Board for eight years, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board of Trustees.

The Nellie Stone Johnson Capitol Fund has raised $102,000, and is $8,000 short of the $110,000 needed to have her bust placed in one of the four alcoves right outside the rotunda at the Capitol.   Most of the money ($60K) was been donated by unions and ($10K) foundations.



Donations qualify for charitable deduction with the IRS, and checks can be sent to the Nellie Stone Johnson Capitol Fund. Union Bank, 312 Central Ave. Mpls. 55414.