Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
National Historic Site
Designated October 15, 1982
by Act of Congress
Born on July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina, Mary McLeod Bethune was the daughter of sharecroppers. After attending Scotia Seminary in North Carolina she founded Daytona School for Negro Girls which became Bethune-Cookman College. A leader in the black women's club movement, Mrs. Bethune became advisor to Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Roosevelt.
During the administration of President Roosvelt, Mrs. Bethune served as special advisor on minority affairs and director of the division of Negro Afairs. In 1935 she founded the National Council of Negro Women, which united national black women's organizations to fight discrimination against black people and women. During the period of her greatest influence, Mary McLeod Bethune resided in this house, where she received political leaders and heads of state while working with black women leaders to advance the interests of black Americans. The site served as headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women until 1966. As the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum and the National Archives for Black Women's History, the house continues Mrs. Bethune's dream to tell the story of black women in America.
Location. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1318 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Striving for Equality (within shouting distance of this marker); The Artistic Life (within shouting distance of this marker); It Takes a Village (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Neighborhood Reborn (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); Logan Circle (about 400 feet away); Major General John A. Logan (about 500 feet away); 6 Logan (about 500 feet away); Treading the Boards (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Northwest.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The National Council of Negro Women.
Also see . . .
1. Mary McLeod Bethune House Museum. The house is a unit of the National Park system in the District of Columbia. (Submitted on March 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Mary McLeod Bethune Museum. National Park Service site. (Submitted on March 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
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