Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ASALH: National Park Service Awards $5.6 million to Restore the Carter G. Woodson Home in District of Columbia

Sylvia Y. Cyrus, ASALH Executive Director:

National Park Service Awards Contract to Restore Carter G. Woodson Home

WASHINGTON- The National Park Service announced today that Perini Management Services was awarded a $5.6 million contract to begin restoring the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site. This contract is for the first phase of a three-phase project. Phase one will restore the interior and exterior of Dr. Woodson's home and stabilize the adjacent buildings.

"This is a major step in opening Dr. Woodson's home for people to visit," Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said. "The National Park Service is committed to sharing our nation's history, and restoring, preserving and opening his home will help people learn about and honor Dr. Woodson's work and legacy."

Phase one of construction will begin in early June 2015 and is expected to last 12-18 months. Once this phase is complete, the public will be able to visit the Woodson Home on a limited basis through pre-arranged tours.

About Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site: Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site at 1538 9th Street, N.W., was Dr. Woodson's home from 1915 to 1950. Dr. Woodson founded The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Dr. Woodson, called the "Father of Black History," founded the association to ensure the continuance of the study of African American history. The Carter G. Woodson Home NHS served as the national headquarters of the Association until the early 1970s. The home was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 11, 1976, and on February 27, 2006, it became part of the national park system.


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