MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE

Location: Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C.
Artist: Robert Berks

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was an educator and a champion of civil rights. It is the first monument to honour an African American and a woman in a public park in Washington, D.C. The 17-foot bronze statue was sculpted by Robert Berks and was unveiled on July 10 1974, on the anniversary of her 99th birthday.

The statue features an elderly Mrs. Bethune handing a copy of her legacy to two young black children. Mrs. Bethune is supporting herself by a cane given to her by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The three figures of the statue are placed on a tiered pedestal that forms a table.