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.

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As part of our observance of Black History Month 2023, check out this video which sheds light on the three national parks in Washington, DC, that celebrate the contributions of three of the most influential Americans of all time - Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Dr. Carter G. Woodson - and the preservation projects that are currently underway so their homes can be enjoyed for this and future generations.

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A portrait of Dr. Woodson from 1925

"The High Priest of Negro History"

Dr. Carter G. Woodson was the leading historian-scholar-activist during the Jim Crow era. Learn more about him here...

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If These Walls Could Talk

Learn more about Dr. Woodson's "office-home" where he institutionalized the study of African and African American History.

Park partners gathered out front of the historic site.


Learn about all things related to the Woodson Home, events, public programming, and more...

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Last updated: March 2, 2023

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National Capital Parks-East
1900 Anacostia Drive SE

Washington , DC 20020


This phone number is for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, which also staffs the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site.

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