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Soror Violette Anderson Johnson, 8th Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., bequeathed her beloved property so aptly named, BIRCH HAVEN, in Idlewild, Michigan, to the members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., on Wednesday, December 1, 1937 in her Last Will and Testament.
Soror Violette Anderson JohnsonBirch Haven

Soror Violette N. Anderson was born in 1882 in London, England.  At an early age, she and her family moved to the United States.  Shortly, thereafter, she attended the University of Chicago Law School, earning a Law Degree in 1920.  She also attended the Chicago Athenaeum and the Chicago Seminary of Sciences. In 1926, Violette further distinguished herself by becoming the first African-American woman to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, in the U.S. District Court, in the Eastern District of Illinois, and in Chicago as the Assistant City Prosecutor.

Violette Anderson was a member of the Federation of Colored Women's Clubs; President of the Friendly Big Sisters' League of Chicago; First Vice-President of the Cook County Bar Association; an Executive Board member of the Chicago Council of Social Agencies, and a member-officer of Zeta Zeta Chapter (6th graduate chapter chartered) of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Her death in 1937 left an enormous void within the membership of the Zeta family.  But that void was filled in an unforgettable and unique way, through the gift of Birch Haven......Our Historic Legacy!

Interested in renting the cottage at Birch Haven?

Please contact Soror Ruth Kemper, Resident Agent at Birch Haven, for rental information


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