Martha Minerva Franklin House (1870)

July 26th, 2017 Posted in Houses, Meriden, Vernacular

The house at 63 Cherry Street in Meriden (built c. 1870) was the childhood home of Martha Minerva Franklin (1870-1968) [this fact is in dispute, please see comment below], one of the first people to campaign for racial equality in nursing. Franklin was the only African American graduate in the class of 1897 at Woman’s Hospital Training School for Nurses in Philadelphia. She sought to address discrimination in her profession and spent two years investigating the status of African American nurses. She organized a meeting in New York in 1908 that founded the National Association for Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN) and became its first president. She later settled in New York, where she completed a postgraduate course at Lincoln Hospital and worked as a nurse in the public schools. She studied public health nursing at Teachers College, Columbia University, but retired before completing a degree. Franklin lived the rest of her life in New Haven.

  1. 3 Responses to “Martha Minerva Franklin House (1870)”

  2. By colleen cyr on Oct 22, 2017

    This is not Martha Franklin’s “childhood home.” Her mother did live there from 1923 to 1933. Martha Franklin was living in New Haven or New York City during that time frame. Her father Henry is listed in the 1875 City Directory as living at 22 High School Ave, long ago demolished. The Franklins also lived for some years at 44 Cooper Street which is also long gone. Whoever compiled this did not do their homework!

  3. By Daniel on Oct 24, 2017

    It’s said she grew up here in the survey of historic resources conducted by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010. If they are wrong you might consider sharing your data with them as well.

    The link to the inventory item is here:

  4. By colleen cyr on Oct 24, 2017

    I have contacted Stacey Vairo, the State of CT Coordinator for the National and State Register of historic sites. I also contacted Todd Levine Of the CT Freedom Trail and Historic Preservation Office. I contacted them and not the CT Women’s Hall of Fame because funding for the CT Wome’s Hall of Fame Historic Site Survey came from DECD and the State Historic Preservation Office and I thought they would be the ones most qualified to look into the matter.

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