Dr. James Allen Colston

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Dr. James Allen Colston

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Dr. James Allen Colston


Colston, James A., 1910-1982
Bethune-Cookman College (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
College presidents--United States


A portrait of Dr. James Allen Colston, which is housed at the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, located at 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach, Florida. Born in 1910, Dr. Colston is best known as the second president of Bethune-Cookman College from 1942 to 1946. He received his Bachelor of Science in education from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1932; his Master of Arts from Atlanta University in 1933 in Atlanta; and his Ph.D. from New York University in New York City, New York. In 1935, he married Wilhelmina White Colston, a graduate and educator at Bethune-Cookman.

In 1942, Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune retired from her presidency at B-CC and named Dr. Colston her successor. By 1945, Dr. Colston had launched the college's School of Education. He went on to serve as president of Georgia State College (present-day Savannah State University) in Savannah, Georgia, from 1947 to 1949. He then went on to preside over Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1951 to 1965. Dr. Colston became one of the first African Americans to preside over a mostly white college, Bronx Community College, from 1966 to 1976.


Original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print: Sun room, image 136, Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1910-1982

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print.

Is Part Of

Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation Collection, Daytona Beach Collection, Volusia County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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8 x 10 inch black and white photographic print




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Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida
Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Mary McLeod Bethune Home, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida

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History Teacher

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Copyright to this resource is held by the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Cepero, Laura

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Source Repository

External Reference

Flemming, Sheila Y. Bethune-Cookman College, 1904-1994: The Answered Prayer to a Dream. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Co, 1995.
"James Colston - Bethune-Cookman's Second President." Bethune-Cookman University. http://www.cookman.edu/about_BCU/administration/past_presidents/colstonj_bio.html.

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1 black and white photographic print

Physical Dimensions

8 x 10 inches