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.
Mary McLeod Bethune's Legacy
Mrs. Bethune in 21st Century Washington
Dr. Ida Jones, author of "Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, DC" will discuss Mrs. Bethune & NCNW's activism and the Scroll of Honor award.
Tour the Home!
The Bethune Council House is open to the public for tours on Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays. Learn more here!
Who was Mary McLeod Bethune?
Mary McLeod Bethune was a world-renowned educator, civil rights champion, leader of women, and presidential adviser.
History & Culture
The Bethune Council House NHS interprets the life and legacy of Mrs. Bethune and the NCNW.
Explore nearby historical sites and parks in the Washington, D.C. area
Last updated: March 12, 2019