Mary McLeod Bethune is pictured circa 1920. Photo: State Library and Archives of Florida <!–
Bethune-Cookman University is celebrating the installation Wednesday of a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune at the U.S. Capitol.
Mary McLeod Bethune will be the first African-American to have a commissioned statue in Statuary Hall, at the U.S. Capitol.
Her statue replaces that of a Confederate general.
Bethune is recognized for establishing a school for Black girls in 1904 that later became Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach.
The university will celebrate with an on-campus watch party.
The university says the event will highlight Bethune’s legacy and serve as a fund-raising opportunity for scholarships for current and prospective students.