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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

Logan Circle Historic District

1318 Vermont Avenue NW

Washington, DC

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, a national historic site, was a strategic center for programs to advance the interests of African American women and their communities. A daughter of former slaves, Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), renowned educator, presidential adviser, and political activist, founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935. This Victorian townhouse was her home and served as the council’s first headquarters.

Photo: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
– NPS/Terry Adams

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