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.