The Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Preservation Institute will be observing the 137th birthday of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune at 10 a.m. on July 14 in the front of her home on Bethune-Cookman University’s campus.
Bethune was born July 10, 1875 near Mayesville, S.C.
She was the 15th child of former slaves and died at 79 in 1955. She was a teacher who dreamed of opening her own school. In 1904, she opened the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls with $1.50 and five students.
From various growth and changes and an affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Bethune-Cookman College was formed in 1931. The state Department of Education approved a four-year baccalaureate program in 1941. In 2007, the school received university status.
For more information about birthday celebration, contact, Dr. Evelyn “Doc” Bethune at 386-202-2077.