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Florida House Approves Mary McLeod Bethune Statue In U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall


By a vote of 111-1 on Tuesday afternoon, February 20, 2018, the Florida House approved HB 139 to place a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. "More than 14,000 graduates and countless others have benefited from the measure and manifestation of 'the answered prayer of a dream' of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, to provide an education for African Americans and others which has and continues to transform the fabric of this country from hatred and division to cooperation and brotherhood. This honor is a pivotal moment for Bethune-Cookman University, our nation and our world," said Hubert Grimes, interim president.
Among her accomplishments, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, civil rights leader and stateswoman, advised U.S. Presidents Coolidge, Hoover, Roosevelt and Truman. She was an active participant in the writing of the United Nations Charter that was developed at Dumbarton Oaks, San Francisco in 1945. Dr. Bethune founded the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in 1904 with $1.50 and faith in God. Bethune’s school eventually became Bethune-Cookman University located in Daytona Beach.
B-CU Board of Trustees members Nancy Lohman and Dr. Lucille O'Neal will spearhead fundraising efforts for the statue's completion.

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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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