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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 »

Photos & Multimedia

I Carried the Torch of Leadership: The Legacy of the National Council of Negro Women is a photo gallery featuring NCNW Presidents Mary McLeod Bethune, Dorothy Ferebee, Vivian Carter Mason, and Dorothy Irene Height.


In the Virtual Tour section you will find Apple Quicktime QTVR virtual reality movies of the Parlor and the Mary McLeod Bethune Bedroom in the Council House.

In the Multimedia Presentations section, you will find audio of a speech given by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1955 as well as our April 2010 tribute video to Dr. Dorothy I. Height.


Did You Know?

Vatican City

In 1927, Pope Pius XI granted Mary McLeod Bethune an audience at the Vatican, in Rome, Italy, during her tour of Europe.