Carter G. Woodson

One of the benefits of the current location of the DC Office of Public Records is its proximity to the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site and the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park. On my way to the office to catch up on some work today, I stopped by the park to honor Dr. Woodson and his role in establishing Black History Month.

photo of Carter G Woodson statue

The Office of Public Records has Dr. Woodson’s will in the holdings of the DC Archives. In his will, he gave $500 each to his two brothers and one sister, and the remainder of his estate to the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) for the publication of “The Journal of Negro History” (now named “The Journal of African American History”).

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