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    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

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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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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.

February 12, 2014
Archives Relocate to Museum Resource Center
The National Park Service (NPS) will relocate 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.

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?

Meeting of group of WANDS led by Lieut. General Lovonia H. Brown (far left).

In 1944, Mary McLeod Bethune became the leader of the Women's Army for National Defense, a black women's organization founded to "...share in this fight for democracy..., and to provide an instrument through which African American women could serve in this great crisis, with dignity and pride...."