Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune

Portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune, 1949, photographed by Carl Van Vechten. Image from the Library of Congress.

(1875-1955) Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC. She is best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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