Mary McLeod Bethune

00011522.jpg (9466 bytes)Mary Bethune was born in Maysville, South Carolina on July 10, 1875. Her mother, Patsy Mcintosh was born on the Mcintosh’s farm. Her father Samuel McLeod was born a slave on the McLeod’s farm. Her family had seventeen children and she was the fifteenth.

In 1882, she began to go to school. Her school was called Trinity Presbyterian Mission School in Maysville. When she got older she founded a college called Bethune Cookman College. She served as the schools president from 1904 to 1943, then again in 1946 and 1947.

She also founded the National Council of Negro Women. Then she became a special advisor for Franklin D. Roosevelt. She died of old age on May 18, 1955 at the age of seventy-nine.

She made a difference because she encouraged women to do what they wanted to do. Is she hadn't lived not many women would have achieved their goals, such as schoolteachers, nurses, etc.


1999, by Kenrick, third grade