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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 »

Things To Do

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS is open daily for guided house tours. Tours are approximately 45 minutes. Our visitor center includes exhibits, gift shop, and an audio recording of Bethune's last speech.

Special events and programs are scheduled throughout the year. Please go to our Schedule of Events page to find more information.

Discover the Mary McLeod Bethune Trail.

Did You Know?

NYA (National Youth Administration) girls' welding class. Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Mary McLeod Bethune to be Director of the Office of Negro Affairs, National Youth Administration. With this appointment, Mary McLeod Bethune became the first African American woman to head a U.S. Federal Government agency.