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Black and white photo of the interior of Thomas White Hall where an exhibit is taking place. The image is taken from the back of the auditorium, facing the stage. The auditorium has white walls and a white, woodbeam roof. Four elongated, paned windows are visible in the picture, where sunlight is shining through. An audience sits in wooden chairs on both the left and right side of the auditorium, with an aisle running down the center. On the left side of the room are students of the school, who are African American females dressed in white school uniforms. On the right side of the auditorium are presumably African American members of the community or parents of the students. These people are wearing a variety of outfits and hats. At the front of the auditorium is an elevated stage, upon which numerous items from the vocational school sit. Wooden chairs, sewing garments, hats, and products from the farm, such as cabbage and potatoes, are displayed from lines hanging across the stage or on tables. Mary McLeod Bethune can be seen standing next to the table of cabbages in a white dress with a short haircut, looking out toward the audience. There are two signs with black frames hanging on the walls on each side of the stage. The sign reads, from left to right (taken exactly from sign): "Everybody Can Help A Little: Daytona Normal and Industrial School (for Negro Girls); Incorporated Daytona, Fla.; Mary McLeod Bethune Principal; School Managed by a Board of Trustees; WHAT IT IS: A non sectarian founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904 for Negro Girls; HER CAPITAL: An earnest purpose, unbounded faith in God and her race and $1.50 in money; OBJECT: To train students to become strong useful Christian women teachers nurses housekeepers housemakers moral leaders; EQUIPMENT: Land 20 acres buildings 7; COURSES: Academic normal trades home gardening home economics nurst-training (illegible); RESULTS: Hundreds of Negro Women trained for service; NEEDS: $75,000 for Fire-proof dormitory, $40,000 annually, $500,000 endowment fund; Scholarships annual $125.00, Endowed $3000.00; WON'T YOU HELP TODAY, REMEMBER US IN YOUR WILL." The photographer of the image is unknown.


before 1923


Black and white photography -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Agriculture -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Woodworking -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Sewing -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; College buildings -- Florida -- Photographs; Thomas White Hall (Daytona Beach, Fla.) -- Photographs; Spectators -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; African Americans.

Subject-Personal Names

Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955)

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Front of Postcard


Bethune-Cookman University

Repository Collection

Bethune-Cookman University Photograph Collection

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Size of Original Image

21 cm. x 31 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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