Anita Hemmings

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Anita Hemmings was born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1872 to Robert and Dora.  She attended the preparation school for girls at the Girls’ High School in Boston. A lot of her classmates considered Anita an attractive woman.  She sang soprano in the glee club and was a featured soloist at the local churches in Poughkeepsie.

She married Andrew in 1903. Three years after their marriage Andrew earned his medical degree from the Meharry Medical Department of Central Tennessee College in Nashville.  He did his post-graduate studies at Harvard Medical School in 1905.

The union produced three children: Ellen, Barbara and Andrew.  She died in 1960, she was 88.

What you may not know about Anita is that she was the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College. after graduation, she worked at the Boston Public Library.  I tried to find a photo of Andrew but was unable to do so.  Barbara Todaro, do your stuff…..

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Anne did not let anything stop her. No excuses. We need more people like her today! Enjoy your day.

Jul 16, 2020 02:44 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

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I kept digging and found the grave stone!!!! Andrew Love....born in the 1800's

Jul 16, 2020 03:31 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - thank you for sharing another new-to-me story.

Jul 16, 2020 05:08 AM #3
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thank you for telling Anita's story James Dray . I love hearing about determined people. Each story you tell blows away the whining and crying we hear every day that "I can't succeed, life isn't fair".

Jul 16, 2020 06:07 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Jul 16, 2020 07:17 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are smart to leave the heavy lifting to Barbara Todaro with regard to finding photos of the people!

Jul 16, 2020 07:27 AM #6
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I really had no idea that Anita went to Vassar which is very prestigious and thank you Barbara Todaro for the photographic evidence 🤓

Have a wonderful day James Dray 

Jul 16, 2020 07:36 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It is always so encouraging to see that there are people who never let any obstacles set them back. I love to hear about success stories, as is the case with Anita. 

Jul 16, 2020 08:02 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Vassar was one of the schools I was thinking of applying to when I graduated from high school...chose something else instead. Good for Anita.  A

Jul 16, 2020 09:07 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... that is an interesting piece of history about Vassar College. I almost transferred there twice but decided to stay in DC to finish up my undergraduate degree. I think I decided it was just a tad too close to home. I actually spent a summer working on Vassar's fundraising campaign in NYC. 

Jul 16, 2020 10:00 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - very accomplished.  You can depend on Barbara to find the picture.

Jul 16, 2020 10:01 AM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Another fine story, showing what can be acheived if you set your mind to it and perservere. 

Jul 16, 2020 11:22 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jmmes= She was stunning in addition to being accomplished. I love the added layer that Barbara Todaro adds. 

Jul 16, 2020 12:22 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James in my West Point Days... Vassar was the dating place... they guaranteed every female if they played their cards right they could date and marry a West Point Grad.... I wonder....Endre

Jul 16, 2020 11:14 PM #14
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Anita Hemmings was another first. Another person to break the glass ceiling of racial inequality. Was an achievement!

Jul 30, 2020 12:50 PM #15
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