Mary Mcleod Bethune Memorial

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    Mary Mcleod Bethune Memorial

    Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, the Mary Mcleod Bethune bronze statue is facing the Emancipation Memorial/Freedman’s Memorial, the statue that presents Abraham Lincoln freeing an African-American slave.

    Bethune was a pioneer African-American educator and activist, who fought for women and African-American equal rights.
    The memorial, sculptured by Robert Berks, was unveiled on July 10, 1974, her 99th birthday. It shows Bethune handing two black children, as a copy of her legacy.

    It is the first statue dedicated to an African-American in the US capital and was fund by the National Council of Negro Women, the organization Bethune founded in 1935.



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    • Activism and Feminism
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    Address: Mary McLeod Bethune Statue, Washington, DC, 20002.
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    Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial

    The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial stands in Washington, DC's Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill. It was sculpted by Robert Berks, and was dedicated in 1974. It honors Ms. Bethune for her role as educator, presidential adviser, and civil rights activist. The sculpture features a representation of a cane given to Bethune by President Franklin Roosevelt, and two children receiving Bethune's last will and testament.

    Historian Richard Norton Smith narrates.

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