Anita Hemmings, the first African-American graduate of Vassar.

Anita Hemmings, the first African-American graduate of Vassar.

 

Anita Hemmings became the first black woman to graduate from Vassar College in 1897 — forty-three years before Vassar opened its doors to black students.

The whole story is here, and it’s a great one. (I found it via this excellent post by TransGriot discussing the use of the term “passing” to describe transpeople.)