NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Architecturally Significant, African American, Historians, Harlem Renaissance Era, Howard University, Also of Interest

Carter G. Woodson
(December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)

1538 9th St., NW, Shaw neighborhood, DC.

Considered the father of black history, Carter Woodson is best remembered for creating African American History Month and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The organization had its offices in his home. The influential publications, Negro History Bulletin and the Journal of Negro History were also published on site. The authors Victor Daly and Langston Hughes worked for the Association. Woodson taught in local public school and later at Howard University.

Woodson lived at this address from 1915 till his death in 1950. A park, museum and numerous educational institutions around the country bear his name. His home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 for its national significance in African American cultural heritage. In 2001, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the site on its list of "11 Most Endangered" historic properties. By congressional act the house became part of the National Park Service in 2003 and is undergoing renovation.

Year: 1915
This house has only ever housed one single resident. Woodson lived and worked in this three-story Victorian rowhouse from the time it was built until his death in 1950, after which time it remained the headquarters of the Association of Negro Life and History until the early 1970s. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, it was acquired by the National Park Service in 2005.


Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site
Humanities Council of Washington, "Wide Enough for Our Ambition: D.C.'s Segregated African American Schools (1807 - 1954)"