Mary McLeod Bethune was born Mary Jane McLeod on July 10, 1875 in Mayesville, South Carolina.
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Samuel and Patsy McIntosh McLeod of Mayesville, South Carolina. Parents of Mary McLeod Bethune and 16 other children. They were former slaves. Rachel and Maria, Mary McLeod Bethune's sisters are in front of the cabin.
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Samuel and Patsy McIntosh McLeod of Mayesville, South Carolina. Parents of Mary McLeod Bethune and 16 other children. They were former slaves. Photograph of a drawing.
After being sponsored at a mission school in South Carolina and receiving a scholarship to Moody Bible Institute, she moved to Daytona Beach in 1904 to begin her own school. Her one-room school became the Daytona Normal and Industrial School for Negro Girls and taught not only reading and writing but home economics skills as well.
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Mary McLeod Bethune (2nd from left) with teachers, male helpers, students, cows, mule, and horse.
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Established 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune with 5 girls and $1.50 cash in a rented cabin. By 1918 there was a four story building called Faith Hall, a 2 story building used for kitchen and a new $40,000 auditorium on 20 acres. Classes offered in sewing, dressmaking, domestic science, gardening, poultry raising, raffia work, rug weaving, chair caning, broom making, teacher and nurses training. An additional building some distance from the campus was fitted up for the education of boys and men.
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Mary McLeod Bethune is third from left. Possibly taken inside the original Faith Hall.
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Mary McLeod Bethune is first on left.