Wilfred Xavier Johnson (1920-1972), who lived here from 1966 until his death, was the first black candidate endorsed by the Democratic Party anywhere in the state. Johnson successfully ran for election to the General Assembly in 1958 and served for four terms as Connecticut’s first black state representative. Gertrude Johnson (b. 1927), his wife, was also active in city politics and served as treasurer of the Young Democrats in 1957. She was one of the founders of Project Concern in Hartford. Project Concern, a program undertaken in the early 1970s to alleviate racial imbalance in the state’s public schools, involved the busing of a limited number of black inner-city children to suburban schools. Still owned by the family, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This home is privately owned and not open to the public.