Thank you for highlighting the National Park Service’s plans for restoring Carter Woodson’s home and turning it into a place where the legacy of this preeminent African American scholar can be shared and remembered [“Awaiting a rebirth,” Metro, May 1].
As the article noted, this is a daunting project. Mr. Woodson’s 140-year-old house sat vacant and forgotten for decades. The damage and deterioration accelerated after the earthquake and Hurricane Irene in August 2011. In the past year, we have installed temporary bracing to keep the facade from falling down; we will seek bids for permanent structural repairs in the next few weeks.