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Bishop Holston to be grand marshal of Bethune Legacy Parade

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston

MAYESVILLE – Bishop L. Jonathan Holston will be the grand marshal of the Legacy Parade in Mayesville on Saturday, May 20 – part of the 2017 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Festival.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Mayesville. The Sumter County town, about 10 miles east of Sumter, is the birthplace of Mary McLeod Bethune, the founder of the school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, now known as Bethune-Cookman University.


Bethune – an educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activist – was an adviser to five presidents, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of what was known as his “Black Cabinet.”

The Bethune Legacy Festival begins Friday, May 19, and continues through Sunday, May 21. It features rides, games, crafts, activities, live music and food.

Other featured events include a Gospel Choir Competition, a play about the young Bethune, a Celebrity Walk-A-Thon, the opening of the Bethune Art Gallery, a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and a Car & Bike Show.


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