Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS Collection

Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary McLeod Bethune at the Phyllis Wheatly Young Women's Christian Association, Rhode Island Avenue, in Washington DC, 1943. (Courtesy Library of Congress)

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune and the organization she founded, the National Council of Negro Women.

The Bethune Council House was Mary McLeod Bethune's last official Washington, D.C., residence and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women. Mary McLeod Bethune founded Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida and served as an advisor on African American affairs to four presidents. She was appointed Director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration by President Franklin Roosevelt. She was the first African American woman to hold so high an office in the federal government.

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Mike Antonioni
(National Capital Parks–East)


Kenneth Chandler
(National Capital Parks–East, Central District)

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Last updated: June 23, 2016