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Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

NPS sites honor influentical women

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posted May 30, 2019
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Throughout its collection of national historical sites, the U.S. National Park Service highlights the contributions of women to many aspects of America life. The following sites focus on the significant roles in political and social movements of a specific group of women:
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
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Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

Richmond, Virginia  |  nps.gov/mawa

During a visit to Walker’s home, groups can learn more about this staunch supporter of equal rights and opportunities for African Americans and women. Walker also was a prominent businesswoman, community activist and newspaper editor.


Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
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Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

Auburn, New York  |  nps.gov/hart

Dedicated to the abolitionist and Underground Railroad pioneer, the 32-acre campus in central New York includes Tubman’s residence, a visitors center, Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Tubman Home for the Aged.


First Ladies National Historic Site
Betty Ford in the White House (Photo by National Park Service)

First Ladies National Historic Site

Canton, Ohio  |  nps.gov/fila

Visitors can tour the home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley, which contains exhibits featuring the belongings of all the first ladies. The adjacent City National Bank building, also part of the site, houses the National First Ladies’ Library and Research Center.


Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Photo by NPS/Johnson Publishing Company

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

Washington, D.C.  |  nps.gov/mamc

In addition to being Bethune’s last home in the nation’s capital, the historical Council House served as the original headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women. The organization developed programs that advanced the interests of African-American women.


Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Hyde Park, New York  |  nps.gov/elro

This attraction sheds light on the first lady’s many accomplishments, such as serving as American ambassador to the United Nations, writing a popular newspaper column, and making racial and women’s issues a big part of her husband’s presidency.


Other National Park Service sites pertaining to the influential role women played in the development of American society include the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C., and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York.

Top photo: Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
Photo by National Park Service

 


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