Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site

Let us banish fear. We have been in this mental state for three centuries. I am a radical. I am ready to act, if I can find brave men to help me.

Those words were written by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the scholar and activist who knew how powerful a people's history can be.

Carter G. Woodson was born on December 19, 1875 in New Canton, Virginia, the son to former slaves. He initiated the celebration of the first Negro History Week in 1926, which focused on African American history.

Congress named his home a National Historic Site in 2003 and in 2006 the Carter G. Woodson Home became a unit of the National Park System. The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site highlights Dr. Carter G. Woodson's contributions to the nation.

Woodson exposed the American public and education system to the lives and history of Americans of African descent and their profound impact on American society through such endeavors as establishing the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc. and the Associated Publishers, Inc.; starting The Journal of Negro History, and founding Negro History Week in 1926.  And that was the same year, he was presented with the prestigious, NAACP Spingarn Medal.

Together, the National Park Service and ASALH are working to rehabilitate and restore the historic building in the District's Shaw neighborhood. While the home is not currently open to the public, it is expected to open in 2015.  

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