Civil Rights in the National Capital Region: A research-driven exhibition in collaboration with the National Park Service

Mary McLeod Bethune,1875-1955, achieved her greatest recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse that is now this National Historic Site (NHS). The Council House was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was Bethune’s last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.

The Bethune Council House NHS interprets the life and legacy of Mrs. Bethune and the NCNW. The National Archives for Black Women’s History at this location aim to identify, collect, develop, interpret, and preserve the legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune including her unique focus on the individual and collective history of African American women.

The archives documents the legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune and collects materials (in all media) about and illustrating Mary McLeod Bethune, the National Council of Negro Women, other African American women’s organizations, and individuals associated with those organizations. The archives also documents the ongoing preservation and interpretation of the Bethune legacy.

Access to the archives for researchers is restricted due to limited space and staffing. This project aims to support the archives and public access to them through the assignment of student interns to assist with processing.

September 2019 - July 2021

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