• Council House Front Door

    Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

    National Historic Site DC

Fees & Reservations

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site is free and open to the public. Drop-in visits are welcome from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The last guided tour leaves at 4:00 p.m..

Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to make reservations by calling (202) 673-2402.

The National Archives for Black Women's History is open by appointment only.

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...."