Mary McLeod Bethune Schoolyard

Description of




Painted basketball court, track and five asphalt mural scenes depicting Mary McLeod Bethune’s life.


Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was a prominent American educator, philanthropist, humanitarian, womanist, and civil rights activist. In 1935, she founded the National Council of Negro Women and established its primary publication, the Aframerican Women’s Journal. Bethune also served as president or leader of several African American women’s organizations, including the National Association for Colored Women and the Negro Division of the National Youth Administration.


Fabrication assistance by 

 Martha O’Connell, Nila Devaney, Justin Keller, Juan Carlos Valencia Michileno, and Kristian Casanas


Philadelphia, PA


May, 2024


Mary McLeod Bethune School

Lead Artist(s)

Keir Johnston & Linda Fernandez