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Frances J. Nash

Frances J. Nash

Frances Jackson Nash was born in Buffalo, New York on October 19, 1895 to Samuel and Harriet Jackson.  She and her brother, Raymond E. Jackson were the only survivors among six siblings. In 1925, Frances married Rev. J. Edward Nash at the age of 30. Rev Nash was the pastor of the historic Michigan Avenue Baptist Church.  He was 27 years her senior and this was the only marriage for both of them.  Their only child, Jesse Edward Nash, Jr. was born on February 22, 1926.  They were a family until Rev. Nash’s death on January 26, 1957. She was active in the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church; the Buffalo Branch NAACP, the YWCA and the Michigan Avenue branch of the YMCA.  Her other affiliations included the Minister’s Wives Association of Buffalo and Vicinity; the Buffalo Federation of Negro Women’s Clubs; the Phyllis Wheatley Club; the Lit-Mus Club; and the Book-lover’s Club.  During the 1940s, she attempted to convince the City of Buffalo to convert the old Broadway Auditorium into a housing and recreation center.

The papers in this collection were found in the Nash home on Nash Street in Buffalo, New York in 1998.  The upstairs of the home had not been occupied since the death of Rev. J. Edward Nash in the 1950s.  A delegation from the Michigan Street Preservation Corp. surveyed the upstairs and found a treasure trove of papers, books, furniture, and other artifacts that had been undisturbed for decades.  The papers were boxed up in preparation for the house being renovated and turned into a museum. Retired Buffalo Councilman George K. Arthur placed the papers from the Frances J. Nash Files on loan to the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier.  The papers were organized, indexed, and microfilmed by Dr. Felix Armfield, member of the History faculty at Buffalo State College.  The papers were filmed by the History Department and will become part of the Buffalo Afro-American Microfilmed Collection.

Click here for an index to the microfilmed records at the MFRHC.


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