Lee County School District’s (LCSD) high school band and media literacy students linked their local history with that of Bethune Cookman University (B-CU) recently when they paid a visit to the private historically black university in Daytona Beach, Fla. during their homecoming celebration, Oct. 25 and 26.
While there, LCSD students toured the campus and the home and gravesite of Mary McLeod Bethune for whom the university was named. Students of the district grew up knowing and visiting the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Park built in her honor in Lee County. The 9-acre park in Bethune’s hometown of Mayesville, S.C. is complete with a replica of the house where she was born, an outdoor pavilion, playground, and picnic area. The visit peaked in radiant honor as LCSD students were the featured guests in the university’s Homecoming Parade.
About the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Park
The members of the Lee County South Carolina Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) purchased the place where Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875) was born in 1985. The organization’s mission was to develop the birth site of Dr. Bethune into a memorial park. Today, the 9-acre Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Park is used for family reunions, wedding and receptions, and outdoor meetings. In addition, the park preserves a site of historical significance as the birthplace of a great figure in American history.