Mary McLeod Bethune's Legacy

Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse that is now this National Historic Site. The Council House was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was Bethune’s last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.

Burnis Morris author of

History, Black Press, & Public Relations

Join historian and author Burnis R. Morris as he discusses the evolution of Negro History Week to Black History Month. Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.

black and white photo of two African American women sitting, talking to President Lyndon Johnson

The Activists, Artifact and Archivist

Archivist Kenneth Chandler discusses preservation of the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.

Tour the Home

Tour the Historic House

The Bethune Council House is open to the public for tours on Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays. Learn more here!

Who was Mrs. Bethune?

Who was Mary McLeod Bethune?

Mary McLeod Bethune was a world-renowned educator, civil rights champion, leader of women, and presidential adviser.

History & Culture

History & Culture

The Bethune Council House NHS interprets the life and legacy of Mrs. Bethune and the NCNW.

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Last updated: February 4, 2020

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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20005



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