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.
We are proud to join our neighbors in the resurgence of the vibrant Shaw community and are committed to a future in which Mr. Woodson’s home is a magnet for those hungry to learn about his life and the accomplishments of the founder of African American History Month. Even in these austere budget times, the president’s budget for fiscal 2014 requests $3.2 million to fund the first phase of the project, a major step toward making this a reality.
Jonathan B. Jarvis, Washington
The writer is director of the National Park Service.