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The outside of the Woodson Home
Photo of Woodsons Home

National Park Service (National Capital Parks East)

Carter G. Woodson’s best-known contribution occurs every February. He initiated the celebration of the first "Negro History Week" in 1926, focusing on black history. Woodson chose the second week of February for this special observance because it corresponds with the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and Frederick Douglass (February 14th). Over the years, support grew, and in 1976, the celebration was extended to an entire month, now called "Black History Month." Today, people celebrate Black History Month in many ways, and schools across the nation take a closer look at African American history during the month of February.

Carter G. Woodson passed away in his “office-home” on April 3, 1950 at the age of 74. The nation recognized his achievements in 1976 when his home was declared a National Historic Landmark, in 2003 when an act of Congress named his home a National Historic Site, and in 2006 when the Carter G. Woodson Home became the 389th unit of the National Park System. Together, the National Park Service and ASALH are working to rehabilitate and restore the historic building and the two adjacent properties.


Last updated: January 12, 2018

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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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