Created by scholar Carter G. Woodson, February is recognized as African-American History Month. Due to its repeated omission from history books, Woodson believed that it was imperative to have school children learn the history of African-Americans. Started in 1926 as "Negro History Week" right here in Washington, D.C., it is a time to reflect on the struggles that African-Americans have faced, as well as, their significant contributions to American society. As a cultural epicenter, D.C. is the perfect place to explore the deep roots of African-American history. Below are just a few historic sites for you and your family to visit. Of course, there are a large number of significant sites honoring African-American history in Washington, D.C. As always we encourage you to get out there and explore! There is invariably a lot to see right here in our own backyard.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

This may seem like an obvious choice, but you would be amazed at the amount of people who have not seen the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. Open since 2011, located close to the Lincoln Memorial, this stoic granite statue stands as a reminder of the enduring legacy of Dr. King. With the inscription of his famous "I Have a Dream Speech" etched into the memorial's side this is a wonderful commemoration of the core principles for which Dr. King stood. The memorial embodies words to live by that we must continue to honor today.

1964 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C.

Howard Theatre

Opened in 1910, the Howard Theatre continues to be a mecca for amazing musicians and performers. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, past performers have included legends like Sammy Davis, Jr., Billie Holiday, The Supremes and Stevie Wonders. Known historically as the "theater of the people," the theater underwent an extensive renovation in 2012. After being returned to its former grandeur, the theater welcomes a variety of nationally and internationally recognized musicians and performers, and prides itself on partnering with the community to foster a love of the arts in Washington, D.C. Be sure to try their legendary all-you-can-eat Gospel Brunch each Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Seats fill up quickly, so call ahead to make a reservation.

620 T Street, NW, 202-803-2899

Frederick Douglass House

Born in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass is one of the most widely recognized abolitionists of the Civil War era. When Republican, Rutherford B. Hayes was elected president, Douglass accepted an appointment as United States Marshal for D.C., and bought his final home there. This home, above the Anacostia River, is on the National Register of Historic Places. See firsthand where Douglass wrote, provided for his family and created his enduring legacy. The best way to view the home is to take a guided tour. Making reservations in advance is recommended. Located on beautiful grounds you can also enjoy wandering around his estate before making a stop in the gift shop to view Fighter for Freedom - a 17-minute documentary about Douglass' life. Last but not least, don't forget to take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city before you leave, it's truly one of the best. The house is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

1411 West Street, SE, 202-426-5961

Did You Know?

Woodson purposefully chose the second week of February to celebrate African American history because he wanted to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Interestingly, Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14, despite having no accurate record of his actual birth-date.