Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Located at 1318 Vermont Avenue NW in the historic Logan Circle district of Washington, D.C., the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site served as the original headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).  This was the final home of Mary McLeod Bethune, a prominent African-American educator, activist and civil rights leader.  It was at this Second Empire Victorian townhome, according to this historic site’s content presented on the website of the National Park Service, that “Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition … Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.”

This home should not be confused with The Mary McLeod Bethune Home, an American Foursquare house that is located on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  That structure, built circa 1904-1905, was bought by the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School (presently known as Bethune-Cookman University) in 1913 to be the home of the school’s founder, Mary McLeod Bethune.  This house would be her home from then until her passing in 1955.  As with the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, the Mary McLeod Bethune Home was designated a United States National Historic Landmark (1974) and is a historic museum.  However, the Mary McLeod Bethune Home is managed by the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation whereas the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House is maintained by the National Park Service.