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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Three national parks in Washington, DC, celebrate the contributions of three of the most influential Americans of all time - Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The NPS is working to preserve their homes so they can be enjoyed today and by future generations.

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Walking in the Steps of the Bookman

A free walking tour from the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS to the Carter G. Woodson Home NHS and back will be offered every Friday.

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Black History Month Events

Join the parks of National Capital Parks-East as we celebrate the theme of "African Americans and the Arts" in honor of Black History Month!

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Walk with Woodson

Visitors have the rare opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Black History Month's creator, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

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...

Virtual Tour of the Woodson Home
Virtual Tour of the Woodson Home

View a video featuring a ranger-led tour of the home and office of Dr. Woodson.

Learn About the National Historic Site
If These Walls Could Talk

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

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Why February?

View a video that explains why Dr. Woodson selected February for the observance of "Negro History Week", now known as "Black History Month".

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News

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

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Last updated: February 5, 2024

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National Capital Parks-East
1900 Anacostia Drive SE

Washington, DC 20020

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(202) 690-5185
The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site is a part of the portfolio of parkland and historic sites of National Capital Parks-East.

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