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Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bethune Museum-Archives

National Historic Site

 

— Designated October 15, 1982 by Act of Congress —

 
Bethune Museum-Archives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 27, 2008
1. Bethune Museum-Archives Marker
Inscription.  
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
Bethune House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 27, 2008
2. Bethune House
to tell the story of black women in America.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsWomen. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #30 Calvin Coolidge, the Former U.S. Presidents: #31 Herbert Hoover, the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Mary McLeod Bethune series lists.
 
Location. 38° 54.512′ N, 77° 1.833′ W. Marker is in Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of Vermont Avenue Northwest and O Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Vermont Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1318 Vermont Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Logan Circle (about 400 feet away); When Logan Rode The Battle Line (about 400 feet away); John Logan House (about 400 feet away); No Braver Man Than John Logan (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Logan Circle (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Logan Circle.
 
Related marker.
Mary McLeod Bethune image. Click for more information.
3. Mary McLeod Bethune
In her last will and testament she wrote:
"I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you a thirst for education. I leave you a respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. I leave you racial dignity. I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow men. I leave you, finally, a responsibility to our young people."
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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.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,592 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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Sep. 26, 2020