Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune (HM206V)

Location: Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Volusia County
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N 29° 12.582', W 81° 1.005'

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—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

Just as carefully as Branch Rickey chose Jackie Robinson, he chose Daytona Beach as the site for his "noble experiment." Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College was born July 10, 1875, in Maysville, South Carolina. She was one of 17 children of Samuel and Patsy McLeod, former slaves. She founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls (now Bethune-Cookman College) in 1904, and served as president from 1904 to 1942 and from 1946 to1947. Her service included: President of the National Association of Colored Women, Director of Negro Affairs in the National Youth Administration from 1936 to 1944, consultant to the U.S. Secretary of War for selection of the first female officer candidates, consultant on interracial affairs and understanding at the charter conference of the United Nations, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She attracted national political attention when she worked to register black voters, opened
The college's library to become the first desegregated library in Florida, and advised presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, and Truman on black affairs. Newlyweds Jackie and Rachel stayed in the home of black politician Jjoe Harris and wife, Duff, on Spruce Street, but had dinners at Bethune
Cookman College. Rachel Robinson is quoted as saying: "compared to the adjacent towns, Daytona Beach stood out as a kind of political oasis."

(photo caption)
"Daytona island of enlightenment in a sea of bigotry."
Rachel Robinson, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Jackie Robinson,
Daytona Beach, 1946
Photo courtesy of Rachel Robinson
HM NumberHM206V
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Date Added Friday, July 28th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 498371 N 3231219
Decimal Degrees29.20970000, -81.01675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 12.582', W 81° 1.005'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 12' 34.92" N, 81° 1' 0.29999999999999" W
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Area Code(s)386
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, US
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