The Woodson Museum is named after Dr. Carter G. Woodson, born in Virginia in 1875 to parents who were formerly enslaved. Woodson is considered the father of Black History Month, having first proposed an annual celebration of “Negro History Week” in 1926. (Black History Month became an official designation in 1976.) This scholarly leader was one of seven children and worked as a sharecropper to help support his family. Though he didn’t start high school until he was 20, he eventually attended the University of Chicago, and later received a PhD from Harvard University, only the second African-American to earn a doctorate from the prestigious college (W.E.B. DuBois was the first). Woodson was the author of more than 30 books. Today, St. Pete’s Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum celebrates both local Black history as well as the accomplishments of African Americans nationally. It also supports the “Woodson Warriors” Scholarship, providing funds to help local Black students attend college. The museum is the first stop on the African American Heritage Trail, a walking trail with interpretive signage in one of St. Pete’s traditionally Black neighborhoods. Visitors can see a stunning Black Lives Matter mural in front of the museum; this impressive artwork was created by 16 local muralists. Traditionally, the Woodson has hosted rotating art exhibitions from nationally and internationally recognized artists who are people of color. Due to covid precautions, art exhibitions are paused at the museum at this time.
- Time to Experience Activity Less than 1 hour