• Council House Front Door

    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

    National Historic Site DC


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3rd President, Vivian Carter Mason, and the Archives Committee at the Council House, c. 1954.

NPS, National Archives for Black Women's History

Inspired by her friend and colleague, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Mary McLeod Bethune collected and preserved African American women's history. The National Park Service continues to preserve this invaluable archive. Today, the National Archive for Black Women's History remains the only archive solely dedicated to African American women.

Interested in accessing the archive? Visit our Archives page to learn more.

Did You Know?

Mary McLeod Bethune pins a corsage on Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt twice came to Daytona Beach, Florida, as the guest of Mary McLeod Bethune. She stayed in Mrs. Bethune's home on the campus of the Bethune-Cookman College.