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.

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, Fridays, & Saturdays. Learn more here!

Walking Tour of the Logan Circle and Shaw Community

Neighborhood Walking Tour

Join us for an exciting, ranger-led walking tour of the historic Logan Circle and Shaw Communities weekly!

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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.

History & Culture

History & Culture

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

Bookstore

Bookstore, Order Online!

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

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Last updated: July 19, 2022

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Mailing Address:

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

Washington , DC 20005

Phone:

202-673-2402

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