Carter G. Woodson Memorial


In the fall of 1995, the city of Huntington erected a statue in honor of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, "Father of Black History." Woodson had served as principal of Douglass High School in Huntington and dean at West Virginia State College, Institute. After earning a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1912, he published the influential Journal of Negro History, the Bulletin of Negro History and a series of seminal books. In 1926, he launched "Negro History Week," which has been expanded to "Black History Month." The statue stands in the community along Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington.