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LTG Sponsors Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Project

Mary McLeod Bethune was the fifteenth child born to parents who had been enslaved. She was the first in her family to be born free.

During her lifetime, Dr. Bethune played an integral role in creating educational opportunities for African American citizens in the U.S. She founded the Daytona Educational & Industrial Training School for Negro Girls with $1.50, faith, and five little girls. That school evolved into Bethune Cookman University, a historically black college and university, located in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In 1935, Dr. Bethune was founder and President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an “organization of organizations”, to represent national and international concerns of black women. NCNW fought for jobs, the right to vote and anti-lynching legislation.

Her newly commissioned statue, representing the State of Florida, will be placed in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Dr. Bethune will be one of ten women honored and the first African American honored in the collection. The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Project is a proud moment for the entire state of Florida and our nation. LTG is proud to be a part of history.

Learn more about the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Project HERE.