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Adah Belle Samuels was born in Richmond, Virginia back in 1870 to Harry and Melvina. Before she began her career, she was briefly married however when the marriage ended she kept the surname. She began her first career as a school teacher in Richmond. Moving to New York she studied at the Women’s Infirmary and School of Therapeutic Massage graduating in 1900.

She continued her education at the Lincoln Hospital and Home School of Nursing graduating in 1905. She served as the acting director of the Lincoln Hospital and Home School of Nursing from 1906 to 1923. She died in 1943.

What you may not know about Adah Belle Samuels Thoms is that she was an African American nurse who cofounded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses. She was among the first nurses inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame when it was established in 1976. She played a critical role in lobbying the American Red Cross to permit black nurses to enroll during WWI. She faced discrimination because of the color of her skin (just don’t understand that), anyway she was a fighter and overcame all the obstacles thrown at her. Sad to say she was not around to see what a difference her contributions have evolved into.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray Adah was not only a woman of color but that fact that she was female made her early journey much more difficult.... a double punch...

Sep 10, 2018 04:03 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Quite an accomplishment for her time.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 10, 2018 04:05 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Adah made a huge difference and as Barbara Todaro commented "not only was she a woman of color but that fact that she was female made her early journey much more difficult.... a double punch..." So true!!

Sep 10, 2018 04:31 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. We still have a long way to go ridding ourselves of archaic thinking. Adah was way ahead of her time thankfully. Enjoy your day!

Sep 10, 2018 04:40 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

She would be proud to know that her determination finally paid off.

Sep 10, 2018 04:45 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an incredible story and courageous woman.

Sep 10, 2018 05:14 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the introduction and information about Adah Belle Samuels Thoms, James.  We all need to know about these brave and dedicated professionals.

Sep 10, 2018 05:31 AM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

She paved the way both for her race and for her sex....and set a great example.

Sep 10, 2018 05:48 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - it is sad to see that she didn't see the difference she made today.

Sep 10, 2018 06:10 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Monday James.  another great history lesson on people that made a big differnce in their day!

Sep 10, 2018 06:35 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a tremendous woman to me and I wonder if we will ever see a day when people don't have to face discrimination because of the color of their skin.

Sep 10, 2018 06:44 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I am always amazed at how many obstacles people endure  just to find a place or choice of careers James ...

Sep 10, 2018 09:19 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The history of our ignorance as well as the world's continues to stun me.  And the fact that we are continuing to transfer this ignorance to this day is something else.  We need more posts like yours to educate people with.  A

Sep 10, 2018 09:24 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I agree with Gabe Sanders it's important that we all know of her efforts, especially during a time when so much was stacked against her. And thank you for highlighting this for us. 

Sep 10, 2018 09:51 AM #14
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Adah may not have been here to see the difference she made but she leaves a great legacy for the rest of us....

Sep 10, 2018 05:07 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am sure her family alive today are proud of the honor of the hall of fame.

Sep 10, 2018 07:04 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What an awesome woman and I am so glad you shared it with us. Now these are the type of messages should be spread for all to read and learn, Endre

Sep 10, 2018 11:13 PM #17
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

You're doing some interesting posts about people who we might not ever know about - thanks for sharing.

Sep 11, 2018 04:59 PM #18
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