Daytona group see Mary McLeod Bethune statue blessed in Italy


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The towering marble statue of Mary McLeod Bethune was blessed in Italy late last week in a ceremony attended by about two dozen people from the Daytona Beach area.

The group included members of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Board which is raising funds to fund the 11-foot statue, which will travel to Washington, DC in early 2022. There, he will represent Florida in Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. United States. Interim President of Bethune-Cookman University, Hiram Powell, and alumni of B-CU were also present. Bethune founded the school in Daytona Beach over 100 years ago.

Travelers participated in a number of events in Pietrasanta, where sculptor Nilda Comas created the likeness of Bethune from a block of marble from the same quarry that Michelangelo used to create his statue of David, the Pietà, Moses and other famous works.

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The towering marble statue of Mary McLeod Bethune was blessed in Italy late last week in a ceremony attended by about two dozen people from the Daytona Beach area.

“It was such a powerful moment today,” Nancy Lohman, co-chair of the statuary fund, wrote to the News-Journal d’Italie after visiting a cave that is part of the quarry. “Our three young B-CU graduates sang the B-CU alma mater in the Frantiscritti cave.”

After a previous reception, former B-CU student Jacari Harris described the trip as a “dream.”

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“Sounds like a beautiful dream that Dr. Bethune would be really proud of,” Harris wrote. “Alumni and members of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Committee gathered at a time when it was most needed, to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Bethune – a pioneer, educator, rights activist civics and the answer to my dreams.

Sculptor Nilda Comas celebrates next to the 11 foot tall statue of Dr Mary McLeod Bethune she created in Pietrasanta, Italy.  The statue will represent Florida in the Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC

“Tonight we were able to light another flame that will ensure that Bethune-Cookman students and citizens across the country and the world will never forget Dr. Bethune. The vibe, the conversations and the love truly are felt throughout the evening. Dr. Bethune wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! “

Besides the reception and the quarry tour, Pietrasanta city officials held a big event in honor of the McLeod Bethune statue and their visitors to Daytona Beach. The group returned late Monday evening.

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