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Shrine to history.

The former home of Carter G. Woodson, who championed the study of Africa American history and started Negro History Week, will be restored and eventually opened as a museum. A law signed by President George W. Bush on December 19, 2003, fulfills a longtime goal of preservationists and scholars. The United States House of Representatives passed a bill in May 2003, and the Senate followed in November, establishing the building as a National Historic Site. The Victorian row house at 1538 Ninth St., N.W., Washington, D.C., in the Shaw neighborhood, is where Woodson worked and lived from 1922 until his death in 1950.

The house is owned by of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which Woodson founded in 1915. Appropriations will be needed to do repairs and establish the site as a tourist attraction. Woodson, who was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia, later moved to West Virginia to work. He eventually became the second African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, in 1912, after W.E.B. Du Bois.

In the 1920s, he served as a dean at Howard University and later at West Virginia State College, where he began publishing books. Woodson wrote more than 16 books and was the founder and editor of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin. When he died, he was working on an Encyclopedia Africana that was to fill six volumes.

His works include the 1933 classic, Mis-Education of the Negro, which is still widely read and studied. A paperback edition has been a fixture on the BIBR FLYING OFF THE SHELVES list.
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Title Annotation:Between the lines: the inside scoop on what's happening in the publishing industry; former home of Carter G. Woodson to open as museum
Author:Dodson, Angela P.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Mar 1, 2004
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