• Council House Front Door

    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 »

  • Parking Advisory

    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 »

Plan Your Visit

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site has much to offer the visitor. From tours of the historic Council House (the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women) to special programs about the history of African American women. Please check out the links above, and the FOR TEACHERS and FOR KIDS sections to find more details about making your visit.

Please note that on-street parking is very limited. We strongly suggest you use public transportation. The nearest Metro stations are the U Street station, which is on the yellow and green lines, and the McPherson Square station, which is on the blue and orange lines. If you do drive, please be sure to read parking signs carefully to avoid receiving a parking ticket. Additionally, please be aware that street sweeping on Vermont Avenue occurs on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am during the months of March through October, further limiting parking at those times.

 

Scholars wishing to conduct research in the National Archives for Black Women's History should know that the Archives are open by appointment only and that space is limited, often booked, and that one should plan ahead. Please follow the link to the Archives page for more information.

Did You Know?

The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial, Lincoln Park, Washington, DC

The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Statue, in Lincoln Park in Washington, DC, was the first statue erected to a woman or African American of honor. The 17-foot-high bronze statue shows Bethune handing off her sum of learning to two children, representing the next generation of African Americans.