Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Washington DC

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Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest national and international recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW.

This Second Empire row house in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. once belonged to educator, civil rights activist, and presidential adviser Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, and served as the national headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW). She purchased the house in 1943. Mary McLeod Bethune rose from a regional leader in the Civil Rights Movement to one with national prominence as she led the NCNW and numerous other organizations. To understand Mary McLeod Bethune as only a champion of civil rights, though, would be to ignore her longstanding commitment to the rights of women and to education. Hers was a life of civic engagement spent working for the greater good. The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site (NHS) tells the story of her life in the house where she lived and worked from 1943 to 1949.
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  • Once you get there, it's worth the trip to visit. For some reason, the NPS doesn't list the hours on their website. Just to help others, the House is open from 1000-1400 Thursday to Saturday with tour...  more »
  • The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House is quant and worth visiting just for the architecture let alone the deep history about her work! I suggest the tour.  more »
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