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.

2018 Woodson Birthday

Woodson 143rd Birthday Commemoration

Join the National Park Service as we celebrate the 143rd anniversary of Dr. Woodson's birth.

A guide in historical clothing talks to young visitors with mobile devices

Tour the Home!

The Woodson Home is open to the public for tours on Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. Learn more here!

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: December 1, 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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