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Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955)

In 1920, Mayesville native Mary McLeod Bethune founded Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona, Florida. In 1935, Bethune was named as head of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. She became the first African-American woman to run a federal agency.

As one of the earlier Civil Rights leaders, Mary McLeod Bethune used her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt to persuade President Roosevelt to create opportunities for African-Americans in the military, which was totally segregated.

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