Black History Month traces its roots to Carter G. Woodson's home at 1538 Ninth Street, Washington, purchased in 1922 for $8,000.
The house served as headquarters for the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now A.S.A.L.H.
Woodson's publishing house, Associated Publishers, operated from there, focusing on African American culture and history.
It was where the first Negro History Week, precursor to Black History Month, was initiated in 1926.
Woodson emphasized the importance of preserving a race's history and traditions to prevent its marginalization or extinction.
Despite being known as his "office home," the space welcomed many Black scholars, writers, and activists seeking mentorship or collaboration.
Notable figures like Mary McLeod Bethune, Langston Hughes, and John Hope Franklin frequented the house.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, the house fell into disrepair but is now being restored by the National Park Service for use as a welcome center.
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