Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
Carter G. Woodson House
Carter G. Woodson House
|Location||1538 9th St., NW, Washington, D.C.|
|Architectural style||Late Victorian|
|Website||Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site|
|NRHP Reference #||76002135|
|Added to NRHP||May 11, 1976|
|Designated NHL||May 11, 1976|
|Designated NHS||February 27, 2006|
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site at 1538 9th Street NW, in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., preserves the home of Carter G. Woodson (1875–1950). Woodson, the founder of Black History Month, was an African-American historian, author, and journalist.
The property served as Dr. Woodson's home from 1915 until his death in 1950. From this three-story Victorian rowhouse, Woodson managed the operations of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, published the Negro History Bulletin and the Journal of Negro History, operated Associated Publishers, and pursued his own research and writing about African-American history. The home continued to serve as the national headquarters of the Association until the early 1970s.
The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 but became vacant in the 1990s. In 2001, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the site on its annual "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list. With advocacy by the NTHP, the DC Preservation League, community activists, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the National Historic Site was authorized by Public Law 108-192 on December 19, 2003, and established by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton on February 27, 2006. The property was acquired by the National Park Service in 2005. The home is still vacant and closed to the public but the rehabilitation of the home is currently being planned by the National Park Service in partnership with local architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle.
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- Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
- Public Law 108-192 authorizing Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
- Federal Register: February 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 38), p. 9834[permanent dead link] establishing National Historic Site
- Announcement of site establishment
- National Historic Landmark information