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.

Annual Carter G. Woodson Birthday Celebration

Annual Woodson Birthday Celebration

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Carter G. Woodson's 147th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his purchasing his office-home!

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...

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.

Logo for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc.

Learn about Dr. Woodson's ASALH

ASALH was founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson to promote, research, and preserve information about Black life and history worldwide.

Park partners gathered out front of the historic site.


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Last updated: December 1, 2022

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Mailing Address:

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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