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GARDEN 339 - Mary McLeod Bethune, Educator

Posted By Edgar Rivera, Friday, December 06, 2013

Private Garden  - Miami, Fl


     Mary McLeod Bethune was an African-American educator. So many years as a civil rights leader makes her an important part of Florida's history, and the reason why this garden is dedicated to her. Born in the state of North Carolina, McLeod was the only child in her family to attend school. Her family was poor, her siblings grew up into slavery, and she had to struggle to reach all her goals. Mary became interested into the education field at a very young age. After failing to become a missionary, because of hr skin color, McLeod started teaching.

     Mary founded her first school in Daytona, Fl. She didn't had any type of resources, but her faith was so strong that she didn't gave much importance to that. Thanks to the donations that the school received, she was able to get more materials and equipment. By the time of the "Great Depression" she received one of the biggest donations, which came from John D. Rockefeller. McLeod's school was able to operate well during this hard times, and met all the standards of the state. After so many years of hard work, the school had become a junior college, and then a private institution with 4-year programs.

     Also, When talking about Bethune's legacy, we can't forget to mention her fight for the civil rights. Mary served as president of the National Association of Colored Women in a mission to promote the rights of black women. Mary McLeod Bethune is a great example of how all goals can be achieved if he work hard on them. Her dedication and service to the minorities serve as inspiration to others, and are an essential part in Florida's 500 years of history.


"Not only the Negro child but children of all races should read and know of the achievements, accomplishments and deeds of the Negro. World peace and brotherhood are based on a common understanding of the contributions and cultures of all races and creeds." - Mary McLeod Bethune

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 Date: 6 April 1949

 Author: Carl Van Vechten

 Licensing: As the restrictions on this collection expired in 1986, the Library of Congress believes this image is in the public domain.

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