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A black and white image of a Sunday community meeting being held in Thomas White Hall in the 1930's. The community meetings were held not only for students and faculty of Bethune-Cookman, but also for the local community. In the foreground of the image is the audience, which is made up of African American and Caucasian men and women dressed formally. On stage at the front of the auditoriumis a choir standing on risers; the female students are standing in front and wearing school uniforms of white shirts and skirts, and the male students are standing behind them in suits. On the wall behind them is an American flag and a portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune. Standing behind the podium on the stage in an ankle-length dress is Mary McLeod Bethune, who is addressing the congregation. A male students sits at a piano at her left. On either side of the stage are two banners which read, "Honor" (left) and "Banner" (right). On the wall above the stage is the phrase, "Our Whole School for Christian Service." Also on the wall at the left is a larger banner that reads, "We are selling Christian education, the world is our field; Teach 'The Father head of God and the Brother head of Man;' Stress the threefold: Training heart, head, and hand. Trustees: [list illegible]; Who Will buy; Remember us in your will." On the back of the photo has been written, "Pres. Bethune Release no. 31, File no. 1." The photographer of the image is unknown.


ca. 1930s


Black and white photography -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Men -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Women -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; College buildings -- Florida -- Photographs; Thomas White Hall (Daytona Beach, Fla.) -- Photographs; Audiences -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; College presidents -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Stages (Platforms) -- Photographs; Uniforms -- Photographs; Chairs -- Photographs; Podiums -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Pianos -- Photographs; Choirs (Music) -- Photographs; Students -- African Americans -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Religious meetings -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs

Subject-Personal Names

Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955)

Number of Images

2 images

Side of Image

Back of Postcard


Bethune-Cookman University

Repository Collection

Bethune-Cookman University Photograph Collection

CFM Storyline


Size of Original Image

21 cm. x 25 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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