#2137 – 1985 22c Black Heritage: Mary McLeod Bethune

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U.S. #2137
22¢ Mary McLeod Bethune
Black Heritage Series
 
Issue Date: March 5, 1985
City: Washington, DC
Quantity:
120,000,000
Printed By: American Bank Note Company
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Perforations
: 11
Color: Multicolored
 
Issued in conjuntion with the 50th anniversary of the National Council of Negro Women, this stamp honors educator Mary McLeod Bethune.
 

Mary McLeod Bethune

Educator and activist Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was born on July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina.

Bethune was the 15th of 17 children born to former slaves.  She was curious from a young age and wanted to learn to read and write.  Bethune was the only child in her family to attend school, and she taught her siblings what she learned each day. 

Bethune showed an early interest in education, attending the Scotia Seminary and the Moody Bible Institute.  She first hoped to become a missionary in Africa, but was told she wasn’t needed.  Instead, she decided to be a teacher.  In 1899, Bethune moved to Palatka, Florida to run a mission school and organized an outreach to prisoners. 

In October 1904, Bethune rented a small house for $11 a month.  With just $1.50 in funds, she started the Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in Daytona, Florida.  Her first year, she had six students.  A clever fundraiser, Bethune, parents, and church members made sweet potato pies, ice cream, and fried fish to sell to nearby construction crews to raise funds for the school.  They used elderberry juice for pen ink, burned wood for pencils, and got furniture from local businesses.  Bethune also received financial support from the ladies’ Palmetto Club, James Gamble (of Proctor and Gamble), and John D. Rockefeller.  She once said, “I considered cash money as the smallest part of my resources.  I had faith in a loving God, faith in myself, and a desire to serve.”

The school’s courses included Bible study, home economics, dressmaking, millinery, cooking, and other skills for self-sufficiency.  Students soon were also taught science, business, math, English, and foreign languages.  In 1923, the school merged with the Cookman Institute for Men, becoming the Bethune-Cookman School. 

Bethune also opened the first black hospital in Daytona.  After one of her students fell ill, she was horrified at her treatment.  At first, no hospital would admit her.  And once she was in the hospital, she was neglected and segregated to an outdoor porch.  Bethune raised the money to purchase a cabin near her school in 1911.  The hospital remained in operation for 20 years, saving countless lives.

As a civil rights leader, Bethune served as the president of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) from 1917 to 1925.  In 1924 she was elected national president of the NACW, after which she opened the first black organization’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  Bethune was also president of the Southeastern Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs from 1920 to 1925 and founded the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) in 1935.   During WWII, the NCNW campaigned to get black women commissioned as officers in the Women’s Army Corps. 

Bethune ensured that African American colleges participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, which produced some of the first African American pilots.  As part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Black Cabinet, she showed African American voters that the President cared about their issues.  She also affected political appointments and made sure funds reached organizations that benefited the African American community.  She worked for the National Youth Administration and its made Director of the Division of Negro Affairs, the first African American woman to hold such a position.  In 1944, Bethune helped found the United Negro College Fund. 

Bethune died of a heart attack on May 18, 1955.  Upon Bethune’s death, columnist Louis E. Martin said, “She gave out faith and hope as if they were pills and she some sort of doctor.”

 
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U.S. #2137
22¢ Mary McLeod Bethune
Black Heritage Series
 
Issue Date: March 5, 1985
City: Washington, DC
Quantity:
120,000,000
Printed By: American Bank Note Company
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Perforations
: 11
Color: Multicolored
 
Issued in conjuntion with the 50th anniversary of the National Council of Negro Women, this stamp honors educator Mary McLeod Bethune.
 

Mary McLeod Bethune

Educator and activist Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was born on July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina.

Bethune was the 15th of 17 children born to former slaves.  She was curious from a young age and wanted to learn to read and write.  Bethune was the only child in her family to attend school, and she taught her siblings what she learned each day. 

Bethune showed an early interest in education, attending the Scotia Seminary and the Moody Bible Institute.  She first hoped to become a missionary in Africa, but was told she wasn’t needed.  Instead, she decided to be a teacher.  In 1899, Bethune moved to Palatka, Florida to run a mission school and organized an outreach to prisoners. 

In October 1904, Bethune rented a small house for $11 a month.  With just $1.50 in funds, she started the Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in Daytona, Florida.  Her first year, she had six students.  A clever fundraiser, Bethune, parents, and church members made sweet potato pies, ice cream, and fried fish to sell to nearby construction crews to raise funds for the school.  They used elderberry juice for pen ink, burned wood for pencils, and got furniture from local businesses.  Bethune also received financial support from the ladies’ Palmetto Club, James Gamble (of Proctor and Gamble), and John D. Rockefeller.  She once said, “I considered cash money as the smallest part of my resources.  I had faith in a loving God, faith in myself, and a desire to serve.”

The school’s courses included Bible study, home economics, dressmaking, millinery, cooking, and other skills for self-sufficiency.  Students soon were also taught science, business, math, English, and foreign languages.  In 1923, the school merged with the Cookman Institute for Men, becoming the Bethune-Cookman School. 

Bethune also opened the first black hospital in Daytona.  After one of her students fell ill, she was horrified at her treatment.  At first, no hospital would admit her.  And once she was in the hospital, she was neglected and segregated to an outdoor porch.  Bethune raised the money to purchase a cabin near her school in 1911.  The hospital remained in operation for 20 years, saving countless lives.

As a civil rights leader, Bethune served as the president of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) from 1917 to 1925.  In 1924 she was elected national president of the NACW, after which she opened the first black organization’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  Bethune was also president of the Southeastern Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs from 1920 to 1925 and founded the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) in 1935.   During WWII, the NCNW campaigned to get black women commissioned as officers in the Women’s Army Corps. 

Bethune ensured that African American colleges participated in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, which produced some of the first African American pilots.  As part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Black Cabinet, she showed African American voters that the President cared about their issues.  She also affected political appointments and made sure funds reached organizations that benefited the African American community.  She worked for the National Youth Administration and its made Director of the Division of Negro Affairs, the first African American woman to hold such a position.  In 1944, Bethune helped found the United Negro College Fund. 

Bethune died of a heart attack on May 18, 1955.  Upon Bethune’s death, columnist Louis E. Martin said, “She gave out faith and hope as if they were pills and she some sort of doctor.”