SC license plates honor local Civil Rights leader

online@thestate.comFebruary 13, 2013 

Jereleen Hollimon-Miller, great-grandniece of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, holds up the new South Carolina license plate in her honor during an unveiling ceremony inside the State House. Bethune is the first African American to be honored with this prestigious distinction.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com Buy Photo

A South Carolina license plate honoring Civil Rights leader Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, a native of Mayesville, SC, was unveiled Tuesday during a ceremony in the atrium of the State House.

Bethune was an adviser to four US presidents, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom she advised during the formation of his New Deal program. Her portrait hangs in the State House.

Proceeds from the sale of the license plate will go toward the construction and operation of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Museum and Restaurant; maintenance of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Nature Trail; promotion of tourism in Mayesville, Sumter County and the State of South Carolina.

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