Mayesville in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Birthplace of Mary McLeod Bethune
This noted humanitarian and educator was born five miles north of Mayesville, S.C., on July 10, 1875. She was one of the first pupils of the Mayesville Mission School, located fifty yards west of this marker, where she later served as a teacher. She died on May 18, 1955, and is buried at Bethune-Cookman College.
Mrs. Bethune devoted her life to the advancement of her race. As the founder of Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, she directed its policy for thirty years. She founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935. Honored by four presidents, she was a consultant in the drafting of the United Nations Charter.
Erected 1975 by The Sumter County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 43-16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Women. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Mary McLeod Bethune series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1682.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mayesville SC 29104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mayesville Story (approx. 0.4 miles away); Beulah School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Salem (Black River) Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Rev. John Leighton Wilson, D.D. (approx. 5 miles away); Concord Presbyterian Church (approx. 5 miles away); Goodwill Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. (approx. 5.8 miles away); Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); " Ebenezer " (approx. 5.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Mary Jane McLeod Bethune , Wikipedia entry. Bethune attended college hoping to become a missionary in Africa... (Submitted on February 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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