Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 2005-3607
WELCOME to Carter G. Woodson Home National
The Father of African-American History
Imagine a world in which people like you have no written history,
or that which has been written is incomplete or distorted. Before
Dr. Carter Goodwin Woodson (1875�1950) began his work, there was
very little information, and much of that stereotypical
misinformation, about the lives and history of Americans of African
The Carter G. Woodson Home
The Carter G. Woodson Home at 1538 9th Street, NW in Washington,
DC, was Dr. Woodson's home from 1915 until his death in 1950. He
directed the operations of the Association for the Study of
African-American Life and History and pursued his own studies of
African-American history from there.
After his death, the home continued to serve as the national
headquarters of the Association until the early 1970s. It is now
vacant, closed to the public, and in need of rehabilitation. The
home was acquired by the National Park Service in 2005.
Carter G. Woodson
Dr. Woodson was the son of former slaves, but earned his Ph.D.
degree from Harvard University in 1912�only the second black
American to do so (after W. E. B. DuBois). This achievement was even
more extraordinary since he did not begin his formal education until
he was 20 years old.
He had been denied access to public education in Canton,
Virginia, where he was born in 1875, and did not start school until
he moved to Huntington, West Virginia. He received his high school
diploma two years later, a bachelor's degree from Berea College in
1897, and went on to earn A.B. and M.A. degrees from the University
of Chicago before attending Harvard.
In 1915, he founded The Association for the Study of Negro Life
and History (the Association) and The Associated Publishers to
assure an outlet for the publication of works of African-American
history and the scholarly work of black scholars.
The Association is now known as The Association for the Study of
African-American Life and History (ASALH). In 1926 the Association,
under Dr. Woodson's leadership, established Negro History Week to
coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick
Douglass. Today this commemoration has expanded into Black History
From The National Mall travel east onto Constitution Avenue NW,
until you come to 12th Street (which is a one-way street). Make a
left turn onto 12th Street. Continue traveling north on 12th Street
NW, until you come to Rhode Island Avenue.
Make a right turn onto Rhode Island Avenue. Keep straight on
Rhode Island Avenue, until you come to 9th Street. Make a right turn
onto 9th Street. Keep straight and 1538 9th Street will be the third
house on the right (the red brick one).
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