Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Bethune photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 6, 1949

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site preserves the house of Mary McLeod Bethune, located in Northwest Washington, D.C., at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW.

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Mary McLeod Bethune

American educator, philanthropist, humanitarian, womanist, and civil rights activist.

Bethune photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 6, 1949
The cabin in Mayesville, South Carolina 
where Mary McLeod was born
Mary McLeod Bethune with girls from the Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in Daytona, c. 1905.
Marian Anderson celebrated contralto and Mary McLeod Bethune, Director of Negro Affairs in the National Youth Administration at the launching of the SS Booker T. Washington with unidentified workers who helped construct the first Liberty ship named for an African American at the California Shipbuilding Corporation's yards by Alfred T. Palmer.
Mary McLeod Bethune (left) and Eleanor Roosevelt (center), 1943
Painting of Bethune by Betsy Graves Reyneau
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site in Washington, D.C.
A painting of Bethune on display at the World Methodist Museum, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Mary Bethune bust by Selma Burke

Honors include designation of her home in Daytona Beach as a National Historic Landmark, her house in Washington, D.C. as a National Historic Site, and the installation of a memorial sculpture of her in Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. The 17 ft bronze statue, unveiled in 1974, “is the first monument to honor an African American and a woman in a public park in Washington, D.C." The Legislature of Florida designated her in 2018 as the subject of one of Florida's two statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

Logan Circle (Washington, D.C.)

Traffic circle park, neighborhood, and historic district in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The primarily residential neighborhood includes two historic districts, properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sites designated D.C. Historic Landmarks.

The Major General John A. Logan equestrian statue stands in the center of Logan Circle.
Row houses on the northeast corner of Logan Circle, including the former residence (corner building) of writer Ambrose Bierce
4-15 Logan Circle NW
The Central Union Mission's longtime facility in Logan Circle was sold in 2008. Redevelopment plans include new office space or luxury residential units.
John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church, located on 14th Street NW
The Iowa, designed by Thomas Franklin Schneider in 1901, was the birthplace of anthropologist Julian Steward.
Garrison Elementary School

The former home of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American educator, author, and civil rights leader who founded the National Council of Negro Women, is located at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW, one block south of the circle.

National Archives for Black Women's History

Archive located at 3300 Hubbard Rd, Landover, Maryland.

FedExField, the home field of the NFL's Washington Commanders.

Originally housed at 1318 Vermont Avenue, Washington, D.C. in the carriage house of the former home of Mary McLeod Bethune, which is now a National Historic Site, the archive was controversially moved in 2014 by the National Park Service citing concerns over the inadequacy of the original site for preservation of its collection.

Bettye Collier-Thomas

Scholar of African-American women's history.

In 1982, the BMA was designated a National Historic Site and its name changed to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.

Outline of Washington, D.C.

Provided as an overview of and topical guide to District of Columbia:

The location of the District of Columbia in the United States of America
DC neighborhoods map
The District of Columbia is divided into 8 wards to elect councilmembers.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

List of African-American historic places in the District of Columbia

Based on a book by the National Park Service, The Preservation Press, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

Ralph Bunche House

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Guy McElroy

African American art historian and curator.

Four years later, he served as Curator of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, later being promoted to assistant director from 1982 to 1988.

African-American Heritage Sites

The National Park System preserves the history and contributions of African Americans as part of the nation's history.

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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Washington, D.C.

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site at 1538 9th Street NW, in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., preserves the home of Carter G. Woodson (1875–1950).

Carter G. Woodson House in 2017

It is operated in conjunction with the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.

Sue Bailey Thurman

American author, lecturer, historian and civil rights activist.

Sue Bailey Thurman, 1953
Oberlin College
Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
"Pioneers of Negro Origin in California" by Sue Bailey Thurman
Cookbook by Sue Bailey Thurman
The African Meeting House
Boston African-American Heritage Trail

They opened the first facility of the library at what is now the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.