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Black and white image taken of Mary McLeod Bethune's student body and administration standing outside Thomas White Hall. On the front of the image are pencil marks, denoting where to crop the image. The building, Thomas White Hall, is depicted with thirteen paned windows, of which five are open, letting air in. There is a columned entrance, with double wooden doors. An American flag is draped between the two columns above the entrance, with the stripes to the left and the stars to the right. The flag is pinched in its middle. Below the flag hangs a banner that reads "Welcome State Federation" in capital letters. The group consists of African-American females, from young girls to women, standing outside on the grass, dirt road, and stair steps. All of the females are wearing white dresses, in a variety of styles. The older women are wearing floor-length and wrist-length white dresses, while the younger girls are wearing short sleeved, knee-length white dresses. Both the girls and women are all wearing red, white, and blue striped sashes across their chests. Two of the women are wearing hoods and have sashes with red crosses across their chests. Some of the women are holding a variety of different objects: bags, unopened umbrellas, American flags, and a sign that says "Depart to Serve." Mary McLeod Bethune can be seen in the image standing at the columned entrance all the way to the left, wearing a white dress and sash, with her arms behind her back. On the back of the image is written in pencil "President Bethune, Release no 46, file no 1.; 1920; 4 x 6 face; 62495." The photographer is unknown.


ca. 1920


Black and white photography -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Outdoor photography -- Photographs; College buildings -- Florida -- Photographs; Thomas White Hall (Daytona Beach, Fla.) -- Photographs; Patriotism; Group portraits; Women -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Girls -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs; Students -- African Americans -- Florida -- Daytona Beach -- Photographs

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

16 cm. x 29 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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