Statue of Mary McLeod-Bethune Unveiled in Italy

The statue of educator and civil rights advocate, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, has started her journey to the U.S. Capitol following an unveiling ceremony in Pietrasanta, Italy on July 10, the anniversary of her birth. Dr. Bethune will represent the State of Florida in the National Statuary Hall Collection and will be the first African American to represent any state in the collection. Dr. Bethune takes the place of an obscure confederate general who has represented Florida in the state collection since 1922. Dr. Bethune also will be one of only a few women to represent a state in the 100-statue collection.

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