Rededication ceremonies were held Sunday at the newly restored National Council of Negro Women Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum and the National Archives for Black Women's History at 1318 Vermont Ave. NW.
The rededication ceremony represented the culmination of the first phase of plans to restore the Victorian structure that once served as the national headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women and the official Washington residence of Mary McLeod Bethune, educator and founder of the NCNW.
The first phase of restoration cost approximately $150,000. Restoration was supported by the NCNW with assistance from the Department of the Interior and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. The second phase, which involves completing work on the second and third floors and in the rear courtyard, is expected to cost between $75,000 and $100,000.
The ceremony was highlighted by the opening of a special exhibition, "NCWW 1935-1980." Using historic documents, photographs and artifacts, the exhibit traces the role of NCNW as a social service organization that has functioned as a major advocate of civil rights for women and blacks.
The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment by calling 387-6862.