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“You know, dreamers belong in classrooms, and that’s where I guess I belong...”

Interviewed by Tamar Rubin on March 26, 2004.

Charles Twyman

Charles Twyman grew up in the Dixwell neighborhood during the 1920s, a member of the small African American community in New Haven that would grow tremendously in the 1940s. In the 1950s, he became a community activist. When Dixwell was slated for redevelopment, Twyman became chairman of the Dixwell Renewal Committee. Twyman describes the his disappointment in the results of efforts to create high-quality housing in West Rock for people forced to move from Dixwell during redevelopment.

Dixwell Can-Do-Dinner photograph
Charles Twyman, fourth from right, pictured next to Mayor Lee, fifth from right, at the Dixwell Can-Do-Project Dinner, Winchester School, 1961. Courtesy Yale MSSA.
Public housing photo
Public housing development in West Rock. Undated.