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Release date: September 25, 2012
Community Impacts to Pedestrian Traffic In Front of the
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
at 1538, 1540, & 1542 9th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20001
Washington, D.C. - The sidewalk in front of the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site and two adjacent National Park Service properties will be closed to pedestrian traffic starting September 25, 2012 and remain closed until further notice. This closure is necessary to provide a safe perimeter around the properties during stabilization efforts. Properties affected are at the following addresses - 1538, 1540, & 1542 9th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C., 20001.
Stabilization work is underway which will allow restoration of the three buildings. Future work will convert the properties into a visitor center complex honoring Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Considered the "Father of Black History, Dr. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 (now the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH)). In 1926 Dr. Woodson and the ASALH founded "Negro History Week," now observed as "Black History Month." Built in 1872, Dr. Woodson owned and occupied 1538 9th Street from 1922 until 1950. The Carter G. Woodson Home was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 11, 1976.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton first introduced legislation in 2000, which was signed into law on Dr. Woodson's 128th birthday, December 19, 2003. Public Law 108-192 authorized the NPS to take ownership of Dr. Woodson's 9th Street residence at 1538 and two neighboring adjacent properties 1540 and 1542.
For further information, please call (202) 673-2402.
The Carter G. Woodson Home NHS one of several park sites that make- up National Capital Parks-East. National Capital Parks-East offers a wide array of historic, cultural, and recreational areas that are part of Washington, D.C. and its eastern environs. The park is comprised of over 8,000 acres of federal land, ranging from community parks and National Historic Sites to unique wetland ecosystems, meadows, and mature hardwood forests.
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.