History & Culture

Bethune and her council members sitting at a desk going through paper work
Mary McLeod Bethune, seated at her desk, working with other National Council of Negro Women employees at the Council House.

NPS, National Archives for Black Women's History

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site interprets the life and legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune. From 1943 to 1966, the house served as the first headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women and was where Bethune lived and worked from 1943 to 1949.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS is unique in that it houses archives featuring materials relating to the history of African American women.

Public Law 102-211 which authorized the incorporation of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Sites into the National Park System also authorized the creation of a Federal Advisory Commission to work with the National Park Service in an advisory capacity on the General Management Plan for the site. For additional information on the Federal Advisory Commission or the General Management Plan, visit the Park Planning section of this page.

 

Last updated: July 31, 2017

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Mailing Address:

National Capital Parks-East
1900 Anacostia Drive SE

Washington, DC 20020

Phone:

202-426-5961
This phone number is for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, which also staffs the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.

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