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    Division receives Mary McLeod Bethune sculpture records

    On July 13, 2022, the National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol unveiled a monumental marble sculpture of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. 

    Dr. Bethune was an educator, civil rights activist and presidential advisor and is the first Black to be represented in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

    Florida resident Nilda Comas is the first artist of Puerto Rican descent commissioned to sculpt a statue for the Collection.

    The Archives has received records relating to the statuary fund.

    Mary McLeod Bethune Statue Sculpting, Installation and Unveiling Records, 2019-2022.

    • Documents the sculpting, installation and unveiling.
    • Includes invitations and programs for ceremonial events and some publications regarding the selection process and importance of Dr. Bethune. 
    • Also features digital images which depict the sculpting process, installation and more.

    Image on the right: Installation of the Mary McLeod Bethune statue in the U.S. Capitol




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