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Courage and determination

Mary McLeod Bethune, one the most famous educators of our state of any description, started a school in 1904 to educate African-American girls in Florida.

"Note opera house in far distant background has posters of African American soprano Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, aka "The Black Patti."

The Daytona Literary and Industrial School for Training Negro Girls was established 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune with 5 girls and $1.50 cash in a rented cabin. By 1918 there was a four story building called Faith Hall, a 2 story building used for kitchen and a new $40,000 auditorium on 20 acres. Classes offered in sewing, dressmaking, domestic science, gardening, poultry raising, raffia work, rug weaving, chair caning, broom making teacher and nurses training. An additional building some distance from the campus was fitted up for the education of boys and men."

Ms. Bethune and her students, 1911

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