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A black and white photograph of the male student body posing with Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in front of Cookman Hall in 1924. The exterior, windows, and columns of the building can be seen. The students are wearing three-piece suits. The back rows are standing, the middle row is sitting in chairs, and the front row is sitting on the step with their arms wrapped around their knees. Mary McLeod is sitting in the second row, eighth person from the left (the middle person in the photograph). Looking at the row directly behind her, in between the two columns, third from the left is Mary McLeod Bethune's foster son, Edward Rodriguez. He is essentially standing behind her right shoulder. Underneath the photo has been written, "Male student body in front of dormitory. Note Mrs. Bethune in center. Just a great (big) mother." The photographer of the image is unknown.




Black and white photography -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Men -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Women -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; College presidents -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; College buildings -- Florida -- Photographs; Rev. Alfred Cookman Hall (Daytona Beach, Fla.) -- Photographs; Suits (Clothing) -- Photographs; Group portraits

Subject-Personal Names

Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955); Rodriguez, Edward

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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

18 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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