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Don’t miss seeing the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune statue exhibit at the News-Journal Center (221 N. Beach St.) in downtown Daytona Beach. There is no cost to see the exhibit; however, tickets are required.
The statue celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Bethune and will be on temporary display through Dec. 12. It will then be transported to Washington D.C. for its permanent placement in the U.S. Capitol.
Dr. Bethune will be the first African American woman honored by a state. Mary McLeod Bethune was born on a farm near Mayesville, South Carolina, in 1875, the fifteenth child of former slaves. She rose from those humble beginnings to become a world-renowned educator, civil rights and human rights leader, champion for women and young people and advisor to five U.S. presidents. Dr. Bethune started what is now known as Bethune-Cookman University in 1904 with $1.50 and dedicated herself to a life of service, to educating African Americans and to advancing civil rights.
For more information and tickets, visit www.MMBStatue.org.