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.)
Location. 33° 58.885′ N, 80° 12.557′ W. Marker is in Mayesville, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of Florence Highway (U.S. 76) and South Lafayette Street (South Carolina Highway 154), on the left when traveling east on Florence Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mayesville SC 29104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mayesville Story 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 . . .
1. Biography Resource Center. Mary McLeod Bethune, Narrative Essay (Submitted on February 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. 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.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Notable Persons •
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