Carter Woodson House

1538 9th Street, NW

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In 1915, Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), a Harvard-trained historian and DC Public Schools teacher, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1922, he moved his operations to 1538 9th Street, NW, living and working in that row house until his death. In the intervening years, Woodson successfully established Black history as an academic discipline and fought to counter the commonly held belief that African Americans had made little or no contribution to the development of the American nation. In 1926, Woodson established Negro History Week, which is now Black History Month. This row house is where it all began. The building was acquired by the US Government, after a period of vancacy and neglect. It is now in the process of being rehabilitated.

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