Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Birthplace of Mary McLeod Bethune

Marker ID: SCHM 43-16
Location: US 76. Mayesville
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 58.239    W 080° 20.803
  33.97065    -80.346717
Style: Free Standing **


Mrs. Bethune devoted her life to the advancement of her race. As the founder of Bethune - Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, she directed its policy for thirty years. She founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935. Honored by four presidents, she was a consultant in the drafting of the United Nations Charter.

This noted humanitarian and educator was born five miles north of Mayesville, S.C., on July 10, 1875. She was one of the first pupils of the Mayesville Mission School, located fifty yards west of this marker, where she later served as a teacher. She died on May 18, 1955, and is buried at Bethune - Cookman College.

Erected by Sumler County Historical Commission - 1975