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.

Book Talk

"Strategic Sisterhood" Book Talk

Join us for a discussion of the new book "Strategic Sisterhood," with author Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, in honor of Mrs. Bethune's 144th birthday.

Bus Tour

Bus Tour of Mrs. Bethune's Washington

Back by popular demand, join us for a bus tour of "Mrs. Bethune's Washington" in celebration of her birthday.

Tour the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS

Tour the Home!

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

Who was Mrs. Bethune?

Who was Mary McLeod Bethune?

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

History & Culture

History & Culture

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

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Last updated: June 15, 2019

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

Washington, DC 20005



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