On October 3, 1904 Mary McLeod Bethune opened a normal and industrial school for African-American girls in Daytona Beach, FL. Started in a rented house with only five students, in less than two years she attracted 250 pupils. By 1916, the school had grown into the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute and was affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school merged in 1923 with Cookman Institute for boys located in Jacksonville and became Bethune-Cookman College.

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There are two reading comprehension sheets - one about Mary McLeod Bethune and the other about Susan B. Anthony....

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Mary McLeod Bethune--This is a slideshow presentation that gives details of Mary McLeod Bethune's life.

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Mary McLeod Bethune - Women's History Month - Learn all about the life of Mary McLeod Bethune with these fun and engaging activities and comprehension passages.

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Mary McLeod Bethune's Last Will & Testament -- Courtesy of The Freeman Institute

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On This Day 1904: Mary McLeod Bethune opens her first school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and Bethune went on to become an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Mary McLeod Bethune third grade anchor chart

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