Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mary McLeod Bethune
—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —
Just as carefully as Branch Rickey chose Jackie Robinson, he chose Daytona Beach as the site for his "noble experiment.” Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College was born July 10, 1875, in Maysville, South Carolina. She was one of 17 children of Samuel and Patsy McLeod, former slaves. She founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls (now Bethune-Cookman College) in 1904, and served as president from 1904 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1947. Her service included: President of the National Association of Colored Women, Director of Negro Affairs in the National Youth Administration from 1936 to 1944, consultant to the U.S. Secretary of War for selection of the first female officer candidates, consultant on interracial affairs and understanding at the charter conference of the United Nations, founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She attracted national political attention when she worked to register black voters, opened the college’s library to become the first desegregated library in Florida, and advised presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, and Truman on black affairs. Newlyweds Jackie and Rachel stayed in the home of black politician Joe Harris and wife, Duff, on Spruce Street, but had dinners at
“Daytona Beach...an island of enlightenment in a sea of bigotry.”
Rachel Robinson, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Jackie Robinson,
Daytona Beach, 1946
Photo courtesy of Rachel Robinson
Location. 29° 12.582′ N, 81° 1.005′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from East Orange Avenue 0.1 miles east of South Beach Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker located in Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jackie's First MLB Spring Training Game (here, next to this marker); Rachel Robinson (here, next to this marker); First Spring Training (here, next to this marker); Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach (here, next to this marker); Wendell Smith And Billy Rowe (here, next to this marker); Hall Of Famer Breaks Major League Baseball Color Barrier (here, next to this marker); Civil Rights Pioneer (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daytona Beach.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 27, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.