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City of Gainesville Honors 1944 Alumna and Centenarian Magnolia Jackson



On Friday, March 16, 2018, Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe presented Bethune Cookman College  alumna Magnolia Jackson with a proclamation to honor her life and legacy on the steps of City Hall. 

National Women’s History Month was designated to celebrate the achievements of phenomenal women in the community and their contribution to society. Retired principal Magnolia Bradley was selected for this honor to recognize her achievements as a lifelong Alachua County resident, as she also celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mrs. Jackson was a prominent African American educator in Alachua County and a staunch advocate for insuring that all students received a quality education. 

Magnolia Bradley graduated from Bethune-Cookman College in 1944 where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. Mrs. Bradley studied under the tutelage of Bethune-Cookman College President and Founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. 

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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