Marcellus Neal

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Marcellus Neal was born in Lebanon, Tennessee back in 1868.  Shortly after his birth the family moved to Greenfield, Indiana.  He excelled academically in high school graduating with distinction.  His high school academic record earned him a scholarship to Indiana University enrolling in the fall of 1891.

During his time at college he was a member of the Married Folks’ Club.  After graduation, he did graduate work, held short-term teaching jobs and traveled, spending time in Europe and Canada.  He served as head of the science department at Washington High School in Dallas, Texas for nearly twenty-five years.  he left Dallas and moved to Chicago, Illinois where he worked at a Civil Service job.  On October 20, 1939, he was struck by a car in a hit and run, he later died of his injuries, he was 70.

What you may not know about Marcellus is that he was the first African-American graduate of Indiana University graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics. 

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Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - another reminder that life can change in a second.  

Oct 24, 2021 04:15 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Interesting story and it is always neat to be the first one to do something and lay the path for others.

Oct 24, 2021 04:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... as I've said before "someone has to be the first." Why not Marcellus Neal.

Oct 24, 2021 04:38 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - such an accomplished individual and sad that he died that way.

Oct 24, 2021 04:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Such a tragedy to lose Marcellus to the negligence of another. He was a true pioneer of his time. Enjoy your day.

Oct 24, 2021 05:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is so good to have you back in the Rain.  My little brain cells are rejoicing , they love new information.  A

Oct 24, 2021 06:07 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Wonderful story, another pioneer.  thanks again for the post.  Make it a restful Sunday, It all starts over tomorrow.  Now time for that small coffee.  Bill 

Oct 24, 2021 06:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- quite an achievement especially during that time. 

Oct 24, 2021 09:28 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for featuring Mr. Neal.  He must have been a special man.

Oct 24, 2021 11:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James, Thanks for sharing this historic information.  It's always good to hear about those firsts - who paved the way for others.

Oct 24, 2021 05:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I was so sad to read this post why would anyone leave Dallas to Chicago? I could understand the other way around... let's see what Wayne Martin  has to say, Endre

Oct 24, 2021 09:34 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James! I just wonder what a Married Folks Club was in college.

Oct 25, 2021 07:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Never heard of the Married Folks Club. Great story but what a way to leave this earth!

Oct 26, 2021 09:04 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Always interesting to read the lives of others and their devotion to a life of service and purpose... 25 years being head of a science department.

Oct 27, 2021 04:52 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

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

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Oct 29, 2021 07:01 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is hard to imagine what a black man amongst an otherwise all-what college experienced in in the late 1800s. Yet, Marcellous Neal graduated and had a fulfilling career and life.

Dec 14, 2021 10:36 AM