Juno Frankie Seay Pierce
19th Amendment Outdoor Museum
An African American educator and suffragist. Pierce opened the Tennessee Vocational School for Colored Girls in 1923, and she served as its superintendent until 1939. The daughter of a slave, Pierce addressed white women at the inaugural convention of the Tennessee League of Women Voters, held in the Tennessee Capitol in May 1920.
In her address, Frankie Pierce asked, "What will the Negro woman do with the vote?
Yes, we will stand by the white women. We are optimistic because we have faith in the
best white women of the country, of Nashville. We are going to make you proud of us,
because we are going to help you help us and yourselves.” She continued, "We are
interested in the same moral uplift of the community in which we live as you are... We
are asking only one thing-a square deal."
Erected 2020 by Maren Conrad.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Women. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series list.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin (here, next to this marker); Gertrude Weil (here, next to this marker); Mary Church Terrell (here, next to this marker); Sara Plummer Lemmon (a few steps from this marker); Naomi Anderson (a few steps from this marker); Maria Guadalupe Evangelina de Lopez (a few steps from this marker); Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (a few steps from this marker); Laura de Force Gordon (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
More about this marker. This is one of nineteen markers erected in 2020 as part of the "I Vote" project, honoring suffragettes and their work, and thus forming the 19th Amendment Outdoor Museum.
Also see . . . Juneau Frankie Pierce (Tennessee Encyclopedia). (Submitted on April 20, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.