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.

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Three national parks in Washington, DC, celebrate the contributions of three of the most influential Americans of all time - Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The NPS is working to preserve their homes so they can be enjoyed today and by future generations.

Tour the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS
Tour the Historic House

The Bethune Council House is open to the public for tours on Thursdays and Fridays. Learn more here!

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Virtual Tour

Launch the virtual tour to see inside the house and learn more about Mrs. Bethune and her work.

Who was Mrs. Bethune?
"The First Lady of Negro America"

Mary McLeod Bethune was a world-renowned educator, civil rights champion, leader of women, presidential adviser, and public servant.

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The Council House

The Council House served as the first national headquarters of the NCNW from 1943-1966. Learn more about the home's history. . .


Mrs. Bethune was a mentor to many. Learn about her successors and the many other women who entered the threshold of the Council House.

Bookstore, Order Online!

Operated by America's National Parks, the bookstore sells unique educational products and books related to Mary McLeod Bethune.

Last updated: August 26, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20005


771-208-1593 is the main telephone number for the site, 771-208-1583 is the telephone number to the Ranger Offices

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