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.

A ranger talks with a group of people in a large room

Tour the Home!

During Black History Month, the Woodson Home is open to the public for tours on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Learn more here!

Woodson in the House

Woodson in the House

The site will offer living history presentations featuring actor Dexter Hamlett of Humanities in Public portraying Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

Continuing the Woodson Legacy

Family Preservation Workshop

Dr. Lopez Matthews of Moorland-Spingarn Research Center facilitates a workshop on preserving family history.

Neighborhood Walking Tour

Shaw Neighborhood Walking Tour

Alexander Padro of Shaw Main Streets will lead a Walking Tour of the historic Shaw Neighborhood.

Frederick Douglass and Howard University

Frederick Douglass and Howard University

Local historian and author John Muller will present a talk that details the active role that Douglass had in Howard's history.

A portrait of Dr. Woodson from 1925

Carter G. Woodson

Learn more about the man called, "the Father of African American History."

Learn About the National Historic Site

If These Walls Could Talk

Learn more about Dr. Woodson's "office-home" and the pioneering work he and others created as part of the early black history movement.

Last updated: January 31, 2018

Contact the Park

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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