Begins January 26: History Theatre’s ‘Nellie’ is play about labor pioneer Nellie Stone Johnson


History Theatre’s production of “Nellie” tells the story of pioneering Minnesota labor activist and civil rights activist Nellie Stone Johnson (1905-2002).

The show will run January 26 through February 17, 2013 at History Theatre in downtown St. Paul.

Civil rights and labor activist Nellie Stone Johnson was a Minnesota hero. Her feisty spirit and drive to succeed made her a political force to be reckoned with on issues of social justice, labor rights, and equality.

Renowned playwright Kim Hines tells the remarkable story of a young African-American woman who moved from a farm in northern Minnesota to Minneapolis to attend the U of M.

In the face of discrimination at her job, Nellie Stone Johnson fought back by organizing workers to form a union, breaking numerous race and gender barriers along way.

With labor organizations and unions under attack on the political battlefield, now is the perfect time to reflect on the life of one of Minnesota’s most important labor activists and civil rights leaders.

Nellie Stone Johnson played an important part in Hubert H. Humphrey’s history, on both the local level and the national stage, and made a tangible difference in the lives of those she worked with and all of the people of Minnesota.

Single ticket prices for “Nellie” start at $32, with discounts for seniors, students and groups of 12 or more.

For more information about “Nellie,” or to reserve tickets, call 651-292-4323 or visit