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Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Mary McLeod Bethune
Sculptor: Robert Berks
Location: Lincoln Park
( East Capitol St. & 12th )
Born to parents who were freed slaves, Bethune (1875-1955) became an eminent educator. She founded the Daytona Library and Industrial School for Training Negro Girls, which eventually became Bethune-Cookman College. She was its president for more than 30 years.
She served as a child welfare adviser under President Coolidge and was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's only official African-American adviser.
She appears here holding a cane given to her by FDR, handing on her legacy to two African-American children.
This statue was the first raised in DC to an African-American leader and the first raised to a woman.
Photos and text copyright © 2001 Jean K. Rosales and Michael R. Jobe, All Rights Reserved
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