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Founder's Day Celebration

114th Founder's Day Celebration

Preparations for the Founder's Day celebration. The image depicts spectators and the parade preparing to walk down a street near the Bethune-Cookman campus. In the forefront of the image, standing on the sidewalk is Mary McLeod Bethune. 

On the back of the image is written in pencil, "Celebratory Founder's Day; Oct. 4, 1949

She is wearing a patterned dress, eyeglasses, and is holding onto a cane. To the left of her are three African American men who are wearing suits and are standing near a car with its door open. To the right of them standing on the sidewalk are two African American boys wearing matching suits. To the right of the two boys is a cluster of a small group of African American school children, most likely from Keiser Elementary. There are two cars parked along the near side of the road. Standing in the road is a marching band with a variety of instruments and also a drum major to lead them. The instruments are tubas, trombones, trumpets, tubas, drums, and piccolos. Along the far side of the road are a crowd of spectators standing along the sidewalk. On the back of the image is written in pencil, "Celebratory Founder's Day; Oct. 4, 1949."

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.” -Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

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