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A black and white photograph of the faculty and students from Bethune-Cookman University making the annual pilgrimage, which occurred around October 4 of each year, to the original site where Mary McLeod Bethune established her school. In the center of the photograph, leading the procession, is an African American male carrying a large American flag and wearing a suit. To the right of him is Mary McLeod Bethune, who is wearing a dark suit, white stockings, and is walking with a cane. To the right of her is another male student carrying a school flag. Behind them are two African American women, one of whom who is wearing the white school uniform. Behind them is the marching band/orchestra, who are all African American men wearing tuxedoes. They are carrying a variety of instruments, including trombones, cymbals, French horns, drums, tubas, and trumpets. They are marching along a dirt road running along Bethune-Cookman property. The street is lined in palm trees. In the distance at the right of the photograph, through the trees, can be seen a tall three-story building with a columned entrance. This building is believed to be Cookman Hall. To the left of the building is another white building. At the left of the image is a two-story building with a front porch. On the front porch is a sign that is partially visible and reads, "School --." Hanging from the second floor of this house is an American flag. Parked along the road are two cars. A man can be seen standing in between them, resting his hand on the headlight of the car to the right. Standing on the sidewalk behind the car to the left is another woman in a coat and hat. On the back of the photograph is written in pencil, "Annual pilgrimage to the cottage where President Bethune started her program of school-building in Daytona Beach; Pres. Bethune, Release no. 38, File no. 1." The photographer of the image is unknown.


ca. 1920s or 1930s


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Subject-Personal Names

Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955)

Number of Images

2 images

Side of Image

Front of Postcard


Bethune-Cookman University

Repository Collection

Bethune-Cookman University Photograph Collection

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Size of Original Image

9 cm. x 15 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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