Bethune 's Beach After The Readings Of Brooker T. Washington

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Bethune relocated to Daytona Beach after the readings of Brooker T. Washington inspired her to go with her vision and open her own school. Many people tried to discourage her to not to go to Daytona because the black laborers in the area lived in poverty much like slavery and the Ku Klux Klan would commit violent acts against anyone who tried to better African Americans. Her husband Albertus Bethune did not agree with her dreams and left her to return back to N.C. and they never got back together again. On October 3rd, 1904 Bethune opened the doors of the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls. Her rent was 11 dollars a month and she would charge the young ladies fifty cents a week for tuition. The local black community and church fully supported Bethune by taking up collections and selling chicken dinners to support the school food bill. Bethune would even sell homemade pies and ice-cream to the railroad workers. Broadwater (2003) She later wrote, "I haunted the city dump and the trash piles behind hotels, retrieving discarded linen and kitchen ware, cracked dishes, broken chairs, pieces of old lumber. Everything was scoured and mended. This was part of the training to salvage, to reconstruct, to make bricks without straw" (pg. 37). Within 2 years, her school numbers grew to 250 students. After the increase in students, it became too costly to continue to pay rent so Bethune searched for land to purchase. She purchased land that was literally a garbage…

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