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    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

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  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

    Mary McLeod Bethune Virtual Experience

    Mary McLeod Bethune Virtual Experience

    The Mary McLeod Bethune Virtual Exhibit highlights some of the significant achievements in her life of leadership and service.

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

    Negro League Baseball and its Connection to Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune

    Negro League Baseball and its Connection to Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune

    Learn about Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Council of Negro Women's collaboration with the Homestead Grays baseball team during World War II to raise the funds to build the S.S. Harriet Tubman.

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

    Mary McLeod Bethune Chopstick Booklet

    Mary McLeod Bethune Chopstick Booklet

    Learn about Dr. Bethune through this arts and crafts activity book.

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

    Teaching With Historic Places Curriculum

    Teaching With Historic Places Curriculum

    This lesson is based on the Historic Resources Study for Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, as well as other materials on Bethune and the National Council of Negro Women.

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

    Teacher Packet

    Teacher Packet

    Our Teacher Packets include vital information on Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Council of Negro Women for use in your classroom.

Did You Know?

Meeting of group of WANDS led by Lieut. General Lovonia H. Brown (far left).

In 1944, Mary McLeod Bethune became the leader of the Women's Army for National Defense, a black women's organization founded to "...share in this fight for democracy..., and to provide an instrument through which African American women could serve in this great crisis, with dignity and pride...."