Carter G. Woodson House, 1538 9th Street, NW
Woodson (1875-1950), known as the "Father of Black History," taught at M Street High School from 1910 to 1912. He taught courses in American history, French, Spanish, and English, while simultaneously completing his dissertation at Harvard University. When he graduated in 1912, he was only the second African-American (after W.E.B. DuBois), and the first of slave ancestry, to earn a doctorate from Harvard.
In 1915, Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Because he could not support himself initially through this groundbreaking work, in 1918 he became Principal of Armstrong Manual Training School (through 1919). He later taught at Howard University and other schools.
In 1926, Woodson inaugurated Negro History Week (expanded in 1976 to Black History Month), to celebrate the achievements of people of African ancestry. He wrote several books on history for school children, and single-handedly developed the field of ethnic cultural studies. He has left an indelible mark on education in the U.S., and on how we interpret and analyze American history.
This house is now owned by the National Park Service, and marked by an historic plaque. The Park Service hopes to open the site in the future as a museum.
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