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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House

Neighbourhood: Logan Circle/ Shaw
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Address: 1318 Vermont Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3607
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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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Another National Historic landmark in Washington D.C.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House is located on Vermont Avenue near Logan Circle. It is also a stop of historic Logan circle self-guided tour. The house is preserved to... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2017
Prawet J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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New York
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

This National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service preserves the home of Mary McLeod Bethune and commemorates her life and the service of the National Council of Negro Women. It's a pretty quick tour, and while there's nothing particularly noteworthy, it's interesting to learn its history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House is located on Vermont Avenue near Logan Circle. It is also a stop of historic Logan circle self-guided tour. The house is preserved to honor Mary McLeod Bethune; a renowned black educator and politician. The house has long history of black community movement, especially in education and black women development. According to the history,... More 

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NW Ohio
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

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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Reviewed 1 November 2016 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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Reviewed 29 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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Reviewed 15 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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Reviewed 27 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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Reviewed 4 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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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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Springfield, Massachusetts
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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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