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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“Celebrate Courageous Women”
WASHINGTON — During National Park Week, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and the Watha T. Daniel DC Public Library will highlight important events involving the efforts of a collective of women that crossed party lines and religious practices in the United States. The event is tailored to this year’s Black History Month and Women’s History Month themes and initiatives. All events are free and open to the public.
Please join us for these special events:
“Celebrate Courageous Women”
Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber, assistant professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia, and Dr. Holy Cowan Shulman, historian at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, will host a discussion and show clips from the documentary, Wednesdays in Mississippi. This program will explore the efforts and achievements interracial women forged during the Civil Rights Movement that broke down racial and class barriers to mobilize women in America.
Become a Knowledge Seeker and Collect a Bookmark
Learn more about the world-renowned educator Mary McLeod Bethune by touring the historic site. Throughout the month of April, you can earn a bookmark in exchange for answering questions about African American women’s history at the conclusion of the Ranger-led tour.
These events are part of a series of programs offered by Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site and Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site to promote public understanding of the history and treasures within the national park system. For further information, call (202) 673-2402 or visit the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House website at www.nps.gov/mamc or the Carter G. Woodson Home website at www.nps.gov/cawo.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS is one of several park sites that make up National Capital Parks-East. National Capital Parks-East offers a wide array of historic, cultural and recreational areas that are part of Washington, D.C. and its eastern environs. National Capital Parks-East is comprised of 8,000 acres of federal land, ranging from community parks and National Historic Sites to unique wetland ecosystems, meadows, and mature hardwood forests.
Did You Know?
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.