On December 5, 1935, in New York, Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women. Expressing a desire to see black women united to "meet the unfolding of larger things," the organization decided on the following objectives: to promote unity of action among women's organizations in matters affecting the educational, cultural, economic, political and social life in America; to build a fellowship of women devoted to developing friendly relations among all people in the world; to collect and preserve information about and affecting women; and to work for the complete elimination of any and all forms of discrimination and segregation based on race, religion, color, national origin and sex.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, a unit of the National Park System, is located at 1318 Vermont Ave., NW. There is no fee to visit the house but donations are accepted. The house is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the last guided tour at 4:00 p.m.. The house is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit the Mary McLeod Bethune National Council House website or call 202-673-2402. Metro stop: McPherson Square. The National Archives for Black Women’s History is open by appointment only. Researchers may make appointments by calling the number above or by visiting the park’s webpage and following the instructions there.
Mary McLeod Bethune House
is the subject of an online lesson
plan produced by Teaching with Historic Places, a National Park Service
program that offers classroom-ready lesson plans on properties listed
in the National Register. To learn more, visit the Teaching
with Historic Places home page.