DOUBLY NOTING A DISTANT BIRTHPLACE
The Carter G. Woodson birthplace markers in Buckingham County can seem redundant and a bit boring alongside Route 15, but closer study of the marker text reveals much about the changing American vocabulary and language concerning race between the first marker, erected in 1976, and the second, erected in 1993. The older marker discusses Woodson's accomplishments as a black man (founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, originated Negro History Week) while the newer one focuses more on Woodson as a man who fought for an education, which provided him with the ability to accomplish such aforementioned things. The second marker allows for more elaboration about what went into Woodson's endeavors as a writer, historian and an activist.
The markers are a few miles apart on Route 15 beginning about 10 miles north of Dillwyn. Because both are about three miles from the spot at which Woodson was born, they are an inaccurate commemoration of place, which is often a limit of the highway markers program. As is the nature of roadside markers, they are not necessarily close to the place they are commemorating. It is unclear why both markers are still present, though comparing the differences between the two is an interesting exercise in noting chronological change.
Carter G. Woodson 1875-1950
Carter G. Woodson Birthplace
Historical Highway Markers
Between 10 and 15 miles north of Dillwyn