• 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?

The Coat of Arms of the Republic of Haiti

Mary McLeod Bethune was invited by President Dumarsais Estimé of the President of Haïti to celebrate the 1949 Haïtian Exposition. She became the first woman to be given the Medal of Honor and Merit, Haïti's highest award.