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Born Free – Mary McLeod-Bethune
By Tammy Scarbrough
1 One hot summer day in South Carolina, a baby girl was born to former slaves. Her name was Mary Jane McLeod and it was July 10, 1875. She was the first child of Patsy McIntosh and Samuel McLeod that was not born as a slave. Their other 14 children had been born under slavery. In all, the McLeods had 17 children.
2 The McLeods saved up enough money to build their own home called "The Homestead." They were a deeply religious family and felt that the help they gave people here on earth would be repaid by God. They didn't have much money, but they were always willing to give what little they had to help others.
3 Mary walked five miles to and from school every day when she attended the Trinity Presbyterian Mission School in her hometown of Mayesville from the time she was six until she graduated from the school at ten years old. Mary was a bright child and earned the privilege of attending the Scotia Seminary which was a school for African-American women in North Carolina. This school is now called Barber-Scotia College. Mary did not have much, so she had to earn money by doing chores around the school to pay for her room and board. Mary graduated from the Scotia Seminary in 1894 and went on to the Moody Institute in Chicago.
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