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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 »

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April 03, 2014
Celebrate Courageous Women
During National Park Week, April 19-27, 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.

January 30, 2014
Celebrate Women’s History Month
As educators, humanitarians, activists and leaders, Mary McLeod Bethune, Maggie Walker, Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman shaped the course of American history. Three nearby national parks will commemorate these and other inspirational women with events in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Did You Know?

Mary McLeod Bethune, W.E.B. DuBois, and Walter White in San Francisco.

On April 25, 1945, W.E.B. DuBois, eminent sociologist at Atlanta University, Walter White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Mary McLeod Bethune were sent to San Francisco by President Harry S Truman as consultants to the organizing meeting of the United Nations.