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A black and white image of the interring of Mary McLeod Bethune's casket on the campus of Bethune-Cookman College. At the botton of the photograph are two men, who are lowering her casket into the ground. A support structure surrounds the grave. To the right of the two men is a row of Bethune-Cookman's female students, who are each holding a flower arrangement and are looking somber. The remaining crowd has gathered around to watch as the casket is lowered; the group is made up of African American men and women wearing funeral clothes. They are standing under a temporary tent. Standing just above the two men who are lowering casket are two women dressed in black. The woman on the left, wearing a black dress and black gloves, and requiring the support of two unknown women due to her grief, is Lucille Wilson. The woman to her right, also in a black dress and white gloves, is Georgia McLeod, Mrs. Bethune's niece. On the back of the image is written in pencil, "Mrs. Bethune's burial campus site with family, May 1955; Lucille Wilson (black dress, black gloves), Georgia McLeod (in black dress, white gloves), family, community, and students." The photographer of the image is unknown. May 23, 1955




Black and white photography -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Bethune, Mary McLeod -- Death and burial -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; African Americans; Women -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Men -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Students -- African Americans -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Mourning clothing and dress -- Photographs; Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Flower arrangements -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Temporary buildings -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Grief -- Photographs

Subject-Personal Names

Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955)

Number of Images

2 images

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Back of Postcard


Bethune-Cookman University

Repository Collection

Bethune-Cookman University Photograph Collection

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Size of Original Image

26 cm. x 21 cm.

Rights Statement

All rights to images are held by the respective holding institution. This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce images and/or for copyright information contact University Archives, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 (386) 481-2186.

Digital Publisher

Electronically reproduced by the Digital Services unit of the University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando, 2009.

Funding source

LSTA Grant 2008-2009

Digital Reproduction Specifications

Jpeg2000 images were derived from 400 dpi tiffs scanned on a Kodak i200 series flatbed scanner.

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