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Visit Dr. Bethune at the News-Journal Center

Posted On: October 14, 2021

Visit Dr. Bethune at the News-Journal Center

Most of us know Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as the founder of Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach. But did you know she was also a civil rights leader, advisor to five U.S. presidents, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and a charter member of the United Nations? This remarkable woman dedicated her life to lifting people up, empowering them through education, and fighting for social justice.

And now Volusia County residents have an incredible opportunity to celebrate Dr. Bethune. The Florida Legislature has approved a marble statue of her to stand in National Statuary Hall, which is inside the U.S. Capitol Building. But before she arrives in Washington, the statue is on display for all to see at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week through Dec. 12. Admission is free. Visit to obtain free tickets.

Sixty-six years after her death, Mary McLeod Bethune continues to lead and inspire us to put aside our differences and help each other. These goals were paramount 100 years ago, and they’re even more important today. Dr. Bethune is truly a beacon of hope and an inspiration to all.

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