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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

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Address: 1318 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3607
Phone Number: +1 202-673-2402
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Home of the founder and the first headquarters of the National Council of...

Home of the founder and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women.

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Stepping into history

We rang the buzzer and announced our arrival. A young man welcomed us and told us about the two floors that were open to the public. There's a gift store, and a video with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
AnoraMcGaha
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Apex, North Carolina
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NW Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Mary McLeod Bethune House and was so inspired. She was so influential to Black women and Black people as a whole. She dedicated her life to educating, encouraging, fighting for rights and building relationships to continue that work. It was on my list of places to visit and I got so excited, I forgot to call for... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We rang the buzzer and announced our arrival. A young man welcomed us and told us about the two floors that were open to the public. There's a gift store, and a video with exceptionally clear audio of a speech that Mrs. Bethune had given. Large photographs marking events, showing her interaction with heads of state. Interesting stories about her... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

What a brilliant woman Mary must have been! A visionary whose ideas and influence were "beyond her time". Adviser to four US Presidents, and founder of a school (she convinced Rockefeller to serve on the board) and organizer of women, civil rights leaders and entertainment spokespersons. A small number of exhibits, but to be in this historic building is a... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator, school founder, and civil rights activist as an African-American advisor to presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. Her house in Washington, D.C. is a national historic site and a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America's foremost champions of equal opportunity. The guide was excellent. There is a small gift... More 

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Sarasota, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

The Council House is quite small and infrequently visited, which is a shame as it is informative, inspirational and eye-opening. Learned a lot here, which always endears me to a place.

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chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Thus is a bit off the beaten path and i do not think they get a great many visitors. Too bad because it was very interesting to hear the story about the leading Afro-American educator and all the great work she did. This is a site that could use a bit of money to up the game here.

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Thank jfadds
Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

Park Service guide gave a very informative talk before we toured the house. Gift shop has small but excellent selection of books for all ages, plus other non-book gifts. I learned lots here that was missing from textbooks or simply not emphasized in school when I was growing up.

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Thank VACanary
Springfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

This is the only national park (and we've been to 235 so far!) where we had to knock on the door and wait to be let in. That was a clue as to how infrequently folks visit this site. Mary McLeod Bethune was an amazing woman, and we were so glad to learn about her here. However, our tour guide... More 

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Evanston
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

Somehow we seem to understate the contributions of some people and we need to have sites such this to be more robust so that visitiors can better capture why it is important.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

We were the only two people in the place when we visited and having a private tour was essential. We learned a lot about this amazing woman that we didn't know. I have to think that if you go at any off hour you will probably get the same - the park ranger was extremely accommodating and helpful. Don't need... More 

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