Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial
|Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial|
|Owner||National Park Service|
The monument is the first statue erected on public land in Washington, D.C. to honor an African American and a woman. The statue features an elderly Mrs. Bethune handing a copy of her legacy to two young black children. Mrs. Bethune is supporting herself by a cane given to her by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The statue was unveiled on the anniversary of her 99th birthday, July 10, 1974, before a crowd of over 18,000 people. The funds for the monument were raised by the National Council of Negro Women, the organization Mrs. Bethune founded in 1935. 
The inscription reads:
(Front bottom of Bethune's dress:)
Berks (Front of base:)
MARY McLEOD BETHUNE
(Front of base, in script:)
Let her works praise her
(Bronze plaque, front of base:)
JULY 10, 1974
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN, INC.
DOROTHY I. HEIGHT
(Bronze plaque running around sides of base:)
I LEAVE YOU LOVE. I LEAVE YOU HOPE. I LEAVE YOU THE CHALLENGE OF DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE IN ONE ANOTHER. I LEAVE YOU A THIRST FOR EDUCATION. I LEAVE YOU A RESPECT FOR THE USE OF POWER. I LEAVE YOU FAITH. I LEAVE YOU RACIAL DIGNITY. I LEAVE YOU A DESIRE TO LIVE HARMONIOUSLY WITH YOUR FELLOW MEN. I LEAVE YOU FINALLY, A RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.
Mary McLeod Bethune (in script)
- "Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial"
- "Statue of Mary MacLeod Bethune (Washington D.C. (District of Columbia))", wikimapia
- "The Mary Mcleod Bethune Emancipation Memorial"
- Robert Pohl (July 7, 2009). "Anniversary events this week for Mary McLeod Bethune statue in Lincoln Park". The Hill is Home.
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