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A black and white image of the audience, casket, funeral flowers, honored guests, and the Bethune-Cookman College Choir at the funeral service for Mary McLeod Bethune, held in the auditorium of White Hall. The image is taken from an elevated location of the back of the auditorium. In the foreground of the image can be seen the pews filled with people attending the funeral. Men are wearing suits, and women are wearing dresses and hats. Some are holding the funeral pamphlet in their hands. At the top of the image, down the center aisle, can be seen the casket where Mary McLeod Bethune lies. To the left and right of the casket are the tremendous flower arrangements. A statue of Jesus Christ stands behind the casket and looks down upon it. On the stage can be seen a speaker standing at a podium in a white outfit, and honored guests sitting to the left and right of her. The Bethune-Cookman College Choir stands on risers behind the guests. Looking to the left of the speaker, the man sitting directly to the left of her is President Richard V. Moore. To the left and right sides of the stage are open doors where male students stand. On the back of the image is written, "Funeral services, Dr. Bethune, May [23] 1955." The photographer of the image is unknown.


23 May 1955


Black and white photography -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Bethune, Mary McLeod -- Death and burial -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Women -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Men -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; African Americans; Hats -- Photographs; Coffins -- Photographs; Students -- African Americans -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Mourning clothing and dress -- Photographs; College buildings -- Florida -- Photographs; Thomas White Hall (Daytona Beach, Fla.) -- Photographs; Public speaking -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; College presidents -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Flower arrangements -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Choirs (Music) -- Photographs

Subject-Personal Names

Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955); Moore, Richard Vernon, Sr. (1906-1994)

Number of Images

2 images

Side of Image

Back of Postcard


Bethune-Cookman University

Repository Collection

Bethune-Cookman University Photograph Collection

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Size of Original Image

20 cm. x 24 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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