Mary Bethune-Cookman's Influence On Education

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Between 1895 and 1903 Mary instructed at a number of small missionary schools throughout the South, including Haine’s Institute in Augusta, Georgia. In 1898, she met and married Albertus Bethune and in 1899 gave birth to her only child, Albert McLeod Bethune. In 1904, Bethune navigated to Daytona Beach, Florida, where she founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls. By 1912, the school provided a liberal arts high school curriculum and occupied nine full-time teachers. In 1923, Daytona Institute united with Cookman Institute, becoming the coeducational Bethune-Cookman College. Bethune-Cookman turned into the first fully accredited four-year college for blacks in Florida. Mary served as its president until 1942 (Hanson

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