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Coursen Studio, 123 Ivy Lane, Daytona Beach, Fla.


A black and white photograph of a large gathering of the Methodist Episcopal Society members gathering in Faith Hall on Bethune-Cookman University's campus. Most of the people are seated at tables which have been decorated for the occasion, and the men and women are dressed formally, in dresses, suits, and pearl necklaces. The large palladian windows of Faith Hall can be seen at the back of the room. Mary McLeod Bethune is standing against the windows directly under the middle arch. She is wearing a dark dress, a pearl necklace, and a sash across her chest. Looking diagonally to the lower right, very near to her, is her foster son Edward Rodriguez, who has a short haircut, is wearing tuxedo and tie, and is looking directly at the camera. At some point someone has tried to identify some of the people in the photograph, which is the green ink written on the front of the image near some of the individuals. On the back of the image is written in pencil, "Formal gathering of Methodist Episcoal Members, mid 1940's." The stamp of the photographer's studio is also on the back of the image.


ca. 1940s


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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

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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