11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Carter G. Woodson Houses

Year Listed: 2001
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect

Significance

Eighty-five years after Carter G. Woodson created the black history movement, the Washington home where he lived and worked sits abandoned and forgotten, an ironic legacy of the man who spent his life preserving African-American history and culture. The home, which is owned by the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, a nonprofit publisher, has been abandoned for nearly a decade. It has suffered extensive interior damage, including structural deterioration caused by water leaks in a number of locations.