Bethune-Cookman University

In 1904 Mary McLeod Bethune established the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. At the time, her only assets were $1.50 in capital and a few packing cases for chairs. Through her persistent efforts, Bethune received funding from several wealthy northern industrialists who wintered nearby, including Thomas H. White of White Sewing Machine Company and James Gamble of the Proctor and Gamble Company. In 1923, her girls' school merged with the Jacksonville-based Cookman Institute to become Bethune-Cookman College. In February of 2007, the college was officially renamed Bethune-Cookman University. The campus is home to several historic buildings and sites including White Hall, a two-story Georgian Revival style building on campus, was constructed in 1916. The college's Carl S. Swisher Library houses the Rosewood Exhibit, depicting life in the community of Rosewood, Florida, from 1845 to the infamous Rosewood Massacre on January 1, 1923, as well as the "New Deal" Permanent Exhibit showcasing Bethune's "Black Cabinet" achievements during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Administration.