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Members-Only Tour: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Members of DC Preservation League are invited to join us on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 for a National Park Service ranger-led tour of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, a National Historic Site. The house has been closed for two years in order to install a fire suppression and security system in the house. This tour will be one of its first openings to the public since construction began!
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) used the power of education, political activism, and civil service to achieve racial and gender equality throughout the United States and the world. The first person in her family born free, and the only person in her family afforded a formal education, Bethune emerged from abject poverty and oppression of the Reconstruction Era South to achieve greatness.
After founding an institute of higher education, and while serving as a college president and member of President Roosevelt’s administration, Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) on December 5, 1935. It sought to combat racial, class, and gender discrimination worldwide. The NCNW sought to unite the tens of thousands of African American women’s clubs under one umbrella, capable of instituting lasting change in the fight for women’s rights and civil rights. The visionary organization continues to operate today.
Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition at her Washington, DC house. It was both the first headquarters of the NCNW and Bethune’s last home in the capital. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.