The Carter G. Woodson home, built in the 1890's provides an authentic example of a popular architectural style: the "Victorian Row House" characteristic of Washington, DCs Shaw community. Located on 1538 9th Street, NW, this red bricked 3,380 square foot structure became Woodson's primary residence in Washington, DC in 1915 until his death in 1950.
This structure served as Woodson's home where this great scholar researched, preserved rare collections of African American and African Diaspora History, and founded The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, since renamed The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH).
During much of Dr. Woodson's life, there was both very little information and a lack of knowledge concerning African American life and history. Through his extensive studies, Woodson almost single-handedly established African American historiography.
Dr. Woodson's research continues to educate and inspire the American public about the contributions of African Americans to this great nation which in turn has impacted the world. Today, ASALH continues Woodson's tradition of disseminating information about black life, history, and culture to the global community.
Woodson's legacy is perpetuated in the partnership between the National Park Service and ASALH for this and future generations.
Woodson Time Line
1875 Carter Goodwin Woodson is born in New Canton, Virginia on December 19, 1875
1897 Woodson receives his Bachelor's degree from Berea College in Kentucky
1912 Woodson earns his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA
1915 Dr. Woodson, known as "The Father of Black History," founds the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (changed in 1972 to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History or ASALH).
1918 Dr. Woodson writes A Century of Negro Migration
1918-1919 Dr. Woodson is Principal of Armstrong Manual Training School, Washington, DC
1919-1920 Dr. Woodson is a Professor of History at Howard University
1922 Dr. Woodson retires from teaching to give all of his attention to ASALH
1926 Dr. Woodson and ASALH establish Negro History Weekcelebrated in February between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln. It is now celebrated as Black History Month.
1926 Dr. Woodson receives the Spingarn Medal
1933 Dr. Woodson completes and publishes The Mis-Education of the Negro
1937 The Negro History Bulletin begins publication
1941 West Virginia State College awards Dr. Woodson an honorary Doctor of Laws
1950 Dr. Woodson dies and is buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Suitland, MD
1976 The Woodson Home is designated a National Historic Landmark
2003 Public Law 108-192 establishes Carter G. Woodson's Home as a National Historic Site and authorizes the National Park Service to acquire it. The legislation is introduced by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
2005 The National Park Service acquires the home from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
2006 The Carter G. Woodson Home NHS becomes the 389th unit of the National Park Service system
Related Points of Interest
Shaw Historic District
African American Heritage Trail
How To Get There
The Carter G. Woodson Home is located at 1538 9th Street NW
Source: NPS Brochure (undated)
Brochures ◆ Site Bulletins ◆ Trading Cards
Historic Structure Report (Beyer Blinder Belle, Architects & Planners, LLC, January 15, 2008)
Special Resource Study: Carter G. Woodson Home Draft (January 2001)
"Willing to Sacrifice": Carter G. Woodson, The Father of Black History and the Carter G. Woodson Home, Historic Resource Study, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site (Pero Gaglo Dagbovie, April 2012)
Handbooks ◆ Books
Last Updated: 01-May-2021