Laws & Policies
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law makes possession of firearms in national parks subject to local and state firearms laws.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit the District of Columbia's website.
See Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25
See also Division IV, Title 22, Subtitle VI, Chapter 45
Federal law continues to prohibit firearms in federal facilities in this park. Those federal facilities are marked with signs at public entrances.
PUBLIC LAW 108-192-DEC. 19, 2003
Public Law 108-192
To establish the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the "Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site Act".
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
SEC. 3. CARTER G. WOODSON HOME NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE.
(a) ESTABLISHMENT.-Upon acquisition by the Secretary of the Carter G. Woodson Home, or interests therein, the Secretary shall establish the historic site as a unit of the National Park System by publication of a notice to that effect in the Federal Register.
(b) ADDITIONS TO HISTORIC SITE.-
(c) AVAILABILITY OF MAP.-The map shall be available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
(d) ACQUISITION AUTHORITY.-The Secretary may acquire the Carter G. Woodson Home or any of the properties described in subsection (b)(1), including interests therein, and any improvements to the land by donation, purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange.
(e) ADMINISTRATION.-(1) The Secretary shall administer the historic site in accordance with this Act and with laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including the Act of August 25, 1916 (16 U.S.C. 1, 2-4) and the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.).
SEC. 4. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS.
(a) IN GENERAL.-The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with public or private entities to provide public interpretation and education of African-American heritage in the Shaw area of the District of Columbia.
SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.
Approved December 19, 2003.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY-H.R. 1012:
Did You Know?
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.