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“Nice to have a personal tour”

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
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African-American History City Tour with Reserved Museum Entry
Ranked #205 of 450 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: Home of the founder and the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women.
Reviewed February 4, 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 than a half an hour but if you are in the area and interested in history stop by and learn something.

4  Thank mja1982
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Mary McLeod Bethune was one of America's most influential African-American black women. She was founder of the National Council of Negro Women (which still exists today) and an adviser to several Presidents.

This national historic site was the home of the Council from 1943 until 1966 when it was severely damaged by a fire. It also served as Mary McLeod Bethune's home when she was in Washington.

While the historic property is an important site for African-American history it does not offer much of significant interest. There are numerous photos on the wall of Mary McLeod Bethune but little else on display. You can watch an interesting film in what was the conference room and tour the upstairs rooms which include Mary McLeod Bethune's bedroom and office.

What made the tour of particular interest was the passion and knowledge of the National Park Service ranger who served as my guide (I was the only visitor when I dropped by on a Monday afternoon). While I don't recall her name (she was African-American) she made the tour worthwhile.

The site will not be of much interest to younger visitors but is a worthwhile detour if you have a keen interest in African-American history.

5  Thank John B
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