According to the Washington Post, A statue of Mary McLeod Bethune was unveiled on Wednesday, July 14, 2022, in the U.S. Capitol, making her the first Black American in the National Statuary Hall collection.

Bethune was a civil rights activist, a presidential adviser and the founder of the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls, which became Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. Her statue represents the state of Florida.

Chamber Board Member, Howard Holley, publisher of Evolve Magazine, created a special publication titled, “The Pride of Florida.” This special edition highlights various aspects to this story, from the stunning black rose the statue is holding, to understanding the importance of Statuary Hall. Click below for more from Evolve Magazine:

Watch this informative video below from the USA Today news service:

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