Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Mary McLeod Bethune, political activist for racial and gender equality, established the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) at her Washington home, now open for tours and research.

Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest national and international recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse at 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW, that is now this Historic Site. It was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was her last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the Council spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women and the Black community.