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BETHUNE, Mary McLeod: Memorial at Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C.
by Robert Berks (click name for more of that artist's work)
located in James M. Goode's Capitol Hill area (click link for more in that area)

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Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875(1875-07-10) - May 18, 1955) was a tireless educator born to former slaves, she is best known for founding a school in 1904 that later became part of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. She was president of the college from 192342 and 194647, one of the few women in the world who served as a college president at that time. Bethune worked for the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, and attempted to get him to support a proposed law against lynching. She was also a member of Roosevelt's Black Cabinet, among other leadership positions in organizations for women and African Americans. Upon her death, columnist Louis E. Martin said, "She gave out faith and hope as if they were pills and she some sort of doctor." Source: Wikipedia

Supported by the cane given her by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bethune hands a copy of her legacy to two children. This is the 1st memorial in the city dedicated to an African American leader. "Extraordinary educator & political leader Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) founded the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) in 1935 & envisioned it to be an 'organization of organizations' to represent the concerns of Black women & to give Black women the opportunity to realize their goals for social justice & human rights through united, constructive action."Adapted from NCNW website




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Notice the Emancipation Memorial in the background

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ERECTED
JULY 10, 1974
BY THE
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN, INC
DOROTHY I. HEIGHT
PRESIDENT

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MARY McLEOD BETHUNE
1875 1955
LET HER WORKS PRAISE HER

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I LEAVE YOU ALSO A DESIRE TO LIVE HARMONIOUSLY WITH YOUR FELLOW MAN
CONFIDENCE IN ONE ANOTHER. I LEAVE YOU A THIRST FOR EDUCATION. I LEAVE YOU
A RESPECT FOR THE USE OF POWER. I LEAVE YOU FAITH. I LEAVE YOU RACIAL DIGNITY.

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Berks

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More Info
See
James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 56 Item #1.39; Capitol Hill area);
'Outdoor Sculpture' (paperback p87 Item #A-38)

Medium: Bronze
Artist: Robert Berks (click name for more of that artist's work)
Related subjects: Women; Writers, Scholars, Inventors, Educators, Artists
Location: East Capitol & 12th Sts NE Washington, D.C.
See Capitol Hill area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Eastern Market (Orange - Blue - Silver) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 76005079 (dcMem ID #230 )

Links & other sources
The Names of Washington D.C. (102)
'Who is That Man Anyway?' on Bethune (122)
Wikipedia article on Bethune
National Council of Negro Women website
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures on Bethune statue

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