Black History Month, DC Memorials

A celebration of Black History Month in DC with by learning about a few statues and memorials dedicated to famous African-Americans.

Carter G. Woodson Memorial

Carter G Woodson Memorial Park
Carter G Woodson Memorial Park is a located at the corner of 9th and Rhode Island Avenue NW, a couple of blocks from his home at 1538 9th Street NW

The Carter G. Woodson Memorial located at 9th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW, is one of the newest memorials in the Nation’s Capital. It was dedicated in 2016.

Carter Goodwin Woodson is called the “father of black history.” He began celebrating “Negro History Week” in February 1926, which became Black History Month in 1970. Woodson’s home in Washington, D.C., located at 1538 9th is a National Historic Site and is managed by the National Park Service.

Cardozo African American Civil War Memorial

The African American Civil War Memorial
The African American Civil War Memorial located at U Street and Vermont Avenue, NW, was dedicated in July of 1998

Located at the corner of U Street and Vermont Avenue, NW, at the 9th Street exit from the Metro, the memorial statue was dedicated in 1988 in honor of the more than 200,000 members of the United States Colored Troops. Learn more about the statue and the African American Civil Ware Memorial Museum

Frederick Douglass Statue

Frederick Douglass Statue, Emancipation Hall, U.S. Capitol
The Frederick Douglass Statue located in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

All 50 States are allowed two statues in the U.S. Capitol, but the District of Columbia was only allowed one. Frederick Douglass was born a slave in February 1818 in Maryland but escaped slavery by escaping to New York. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1871, and died on February 20, 1895 at his home, #CedarHill, in Anacostia, Washington, D.C. The statue of Douglass was placed in the U.S. Capitol’s Emancipation Hall in 2012. The sculptor was Steven Weitzman.

Benjamin Banneker Memorial Park

Benjamin Banneker Park is located at the end of 10th Street SW and overlooks the Wharf development.

Located at the end of L’Enfant Boulevard in Southwest DC the National park is dedicated to Benjamin Banneker, who helped Pierre L’Enfant and Andrew Ellicott map out the city of Washington. The park was constructed in 1970.

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial in Lincoln Park, NE, Washington, D.C.

Mary McLeod Bethune was one of the most important and accomplished women of her time. She was the founder of the National Council of Negro Women, served in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration, and founded a boarding school which eventually became the Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her house, in Washington, D.C., is a National Historic Site.

This memorial to Mary McLeod Bethune is located in Lincoln Park and was the first memorial to an African-American woman in the Nation’s capital.