Historic statue of Doctor Mary McLeod Bethune unveiled in U.S. Capitol

Thursday, July 14, 2022
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The statue of Bethune is the first state-commissioned statue of a Black person ever placed in Statuary Hall.

WASHINGTON -- There is a new statue at the United States Capitol that honors a civil rights pioneer.

While the statue of Doctor Mary McLeod Bethune will represent Florida, it's also a historic occasion for the nation.

She was a prominent African-American educator, presidential adviser and founder of the National Council of Negro Women.

That would later become Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

It is the first state-commissioned statue of a Black person ever placed in Statuary Hall.