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 portrait of Dr. Woodson from 1925

Who was Carter G. Woodson?

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

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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.

Park partners gathered out front of the historic site.


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Last updated: August 5, 2021

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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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