Lake County

Lake County to unveil statue to honor life and work of Mary McLeod Bethune

TAVARES, Fla. — The Lake County Historical Society will honor a Central Florida trailblazer.

Watch: Statue honoring Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune unveiled in Daytona Beach

The society is set to unveil a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune.


Bethune was the founder of Bethune-Cookman University and fought for African American women’s rights and education.

Read: Biopic on the life of B-CU founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in development

The new statue will go on display at the Lake County History Museum on West Main Street in Tavares.

Watch: ‘Our hearts are rejoicing today’: Mary McLeod Bethune’s statue debuts at the Capitol’s Statuary Hall

Channel 9 will have a crew at the event and will provide updates on Eyewitness News.

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