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Hannah E. Gray was an African American seamstress in the mid-19th century who was active in in her church and in the abolitionist movement. Upon her death in 1861, she bequeathed her home on Dixwell Ave. to be used as housing for indigent elderly women of color.
While Gray’s original house no longer stands, her vision endures. The present Hannah Gray House at 235 Dixwell Avenue, accommodates more residents than the original structure and continues in operation in accordance with its founder's goals. The home offers 24-hour supervised care and supportive services for 20 poor elderly residents in the Dixwell and Greater New Haven communities. Continue reading