Carter G. Woodson Statue

Carter G. Woodson, known as the Father of Black History, was born to former slaves and devoted his life to education. He graduated from Huntington’s Douglass High School in 1897 before going on to study at Berea College, earn a M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in history in 1912. Woodson created a scholarly journal and the scholarly and community organization known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He founded an annual week celebration of Black history in February 1926, which would later lead to the creation of Black History Month. The statue, commemorated in 2003, is said to have been designed so Woodson’s line of sight is pointed at Douglass High School’s original location.