Mary McLeod Bethune Statue

An educator, politician, presidential advisor, and civil rights activist, Mary Mcleod Bethune was an amazingly influential and talented person. People like Mary deserve to be remembered, which is exactly why we think the Mary McLeod Bethune statue is a great stop for your group while in D.C.This popular landmark monument commemorates the life of Mary Mcleod Bethune and the organization she founded, The National Council of Negro Women (1935). The monument can be found within Lincoln Park, the largest park in Capitol Hill. If you are taking public transportation to get here (which is always highly suggested in D.C), head to the Eastern Market Metro Station.

This statue was put here on Bethune’s 99th birthday, July 10th, 1974 in front of a crowd of about 18,000. It shows an elderly Mary handing a copy of her legacy to two younger black children, supporting herself with a cane given to her by former president Roosevelt. The inscription at the base of the monument reads ‘let her works praise her’, a great way to recognize one of the country's greatest leaders. Speaking of great leaders, be sure to visit the east end of Lincoln Park to see the other monumental half of the statues, this one of Abraham Lincoln.

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