Luella Buckminster Johnston Marker
Located in the middle of the Sacramento City Cemetery, this marker commemorates the life of Luella Buckminster Johnston, a stalwart supporter of women's suffrage. Johnston was also the first woman elected to municipal office in Sacramento and won this election before women secured recognition of their right to vote throughout the United States. The marker in Sacramento City Cemetery honors Johnston's political career and her work on behalf of women's rights.
Backstory and Context
Johnston was the founder of the Women's Council and served as president of the Tuesday Club. Both organizations worked to promote the cause of women's suffrage. Both organizations encouraged greater participation by women the state's civic affairs, and the Tuesday Club, originally known as the Tuesday Literary Club, was a precursor of the women's club movement.
At a time when women could not yet vote, Johnston was elected to a one-year term on the city commission in 1912. She was the first woman elected to municipal office in the city. The commission--made up of men--appointed her Sacramento's first Commissioner of Education. With the appointment, Johnston became the first female commissioner in the state of California.