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B-CU Marks Historical Moment with Mary McLeod Bethune National Statuary Hall Vote Watch Party


Most recently, the Florida Senate unanimously voted to replace Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue in the U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall with the founder of Bethune-Cookman University and civil rights leader, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, HB 139 will be presented on the House floor in hopes of approval.  If the Florida House approves HB 139, Dr. Bethune will be the first statue in National Statuary Hall to honor an African-American commissioned by a state and only the tenth woman.

“Dr. Bethune’s life and values represent the best of Florida,” said Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, who sponsored the Senate bill. “Voting for this legislation underscores that Floridians recognize our rich history and celebrate our diversity.”

Representative Patrick Henry, who is sponsoring House Bill 139, shared his thoughts on what the statue means not just to Floridians, but to the entire country. “I think the climate of the county is changing. People are realizing as divisive as the country may appear to be, this would be a great step in bringing the country back together.

We would like your assistance in sharing this historical news by sharing this announcement with your colleagues, family and friends, partnering organizations and all who support the progression of women and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their legacies. The announcement will be made during the Florida House of Representatives meeting approximately during the six o’clock hour on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

To mark this pivotal accomplishment, B-CU is hosting a VIRTUAL WATCH PARTY, and we want you to tune in via live stream through our Bethune-Cookman University official Facebook page.  Help us to make this historical moment VIRAL by sharing on your social media platforms.
Thanks in advance for your support, and we look forward to sharing in this moment with you and reading all of your feedback using #MMBINDC.

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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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