Bethune Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
When Daytona Beach was founded in 1876 two of its founders, John Tolliver and Thaddeus S. Gooden, were African American. Over the years, Jim Crow laws changed the state drastically, and by the 1920s, African Americans were banned from most of Florida’s public beaches. In response, beaches opened that catered specifically to African Americans like Butler Beach in St. Augustine, American Beach on Amelia Island, and Paradise Park at Silver Springs in Ocala. In 1935, only two places in Volusia County allowed African Americans beach access, and only during the summer and on specific holidays. Bethune-Cookman College co-founder and president Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune wanted to create a beach in Volusia County for African Americans to enjoy without restriction or fear of harassment. Born in Mayesville, South Carolina, to formerly enslaved parents, Bethune moved to Daytona Beach in 1904. She opened the Daytona Literary and Industrial School for the Training of Negro Girls, which later merged with Cookman Institute in Jacksonville to become Bethune-Cookman College. Bethune was an active crusader for educational advancement and civil
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Mary McLeod Bethune series lists.
Location. 28° 57.058′ N, 80° 50.364′ W. Marker is in Bethune Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on South Atlantic Avenue (County Road A1A) 0.1 miles south of Kingfish Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6656 South Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach FL 32169, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bethune Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mound Builders (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Gabordy Canal (approx. 5.8 miles away); Coronado Beach House (approx. 6 miles away); Site of Old Stone Wharf (approx. 6.7 miles away); Supreme Sacrifice (approx. 7 miles away); PFC Emory L. Bennett (approx. 7 miles away); The New Smyrna Odyssey (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 30, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.