• Carter G Woodson

    Carter G. Woodson Home

    National Historic Site District of Columbia

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Dr. Carter G. Woodson: The Father of African-American History

Before Dr. Carter G. Woodson, there was very little accurate written history about the lives and experiences of Americans of African descent. Today a National Historic Site, Dr. Woodson’s home served as the headquarters for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Dr. Woodson established Negro History Week here in 1926, which we celebrate today as Black History Month.

Did You Know?

Portrait of a young Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson did not begin his formal education until he was 20 years old. He had been denied access to public education in Canton, Virginia where he was born in 1875.