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Bethune suffered increasingly from asthma, which forced her to curtail her activities and travels, and to eventually relinquish her post as president of Bethune-Cookman College in 1942. She officially retired from public service in 1950, but retirement did not cause her to abandon her life’s mission, as she devoted much of her time to establishing the Bethune Foundation. Bethune died of a heart attack on May 18, 1955. As evidence of the esteem in which she was held, she received a dozen honorary degrees.

Church Executive (June 6, 2008) Available online. com. Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875–1955) educator Few African-American women of any era achieved more national recognition and influence than Mary McLeod Bethune. She transformed a thwarted desire to be a missionary into a career of service in education. Mary Jane McLeod was born on July 10, 1875, the 15th of 17 children of ex-slaves Samuel and Patsy McLeod. She was raised on the small Mayesville, South Carolina, farm they had purchased from their owners, in the midst of a large extended family.

He was ordained a deacon in the AME Church in 1817. The following year, he circumvented South Carolina’s travel restrictions on free blacks to attend the AME Church’s annual conference in Philadelphia, where he was ordained an elder. Brown’s Charleston congregation, known as Emanuel AME Church, worshiped in an old sanctuary given to them by a group of white Methodists. Brown used both his church and his prosperous shoe business to help slaves purchase their freedom and move to the North. There were reports that he went so far as to hide fugitive slaves in the church.

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