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    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

    National Historic Site DC

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  • Archives Relocated to Museum Resource Center

    The National Park Service (NPS) has relocated the National Archives for Black Women’s History collection from Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site to the NPS’s Museum Resource Center in Landover, Maryland. More »

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    On-street parking is limited, public transportation suggested. Nearest Metros are the U Street and McPherson Square stations. Please be aware street sweeping occurs on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30am, further limiting parking during that time. More »

History & Culture

Did You Know?

Mary McLeod Bethune wearing the Commander of the Order of the Star of Africa medal.

In 1949, President Harry S Truman appointed Mary McLeod Bethune as a United States Representative to the second inauguration of President William V. S. Tubman of Liberia, West Africa. She was awarded Liberia's most prestigious award, the Commander of the Order of the Star of Africa.