Mary McLeod Bethune's Legacy

Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse that is now this National Historic Site. The Council House was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was Bethune’s last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.

People, Places, Collections

History & Culture

The Bethune Council House NHS interprets the life and legacy of Mrs. Bethune and the NCNW.

House interior with chairs and piano

Fire Suppression Project

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House will be temporarily closed for construction beginning November 28, 2016.

A group of children and rangers hold a banner

Mary McLeod Bethune Birthday Event

Join the National Park Service at Lincoln Park on Saturday, July 8, to celebrate the life and legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune!

Last updated: July 12, 2017

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