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Newark Stories: Dwight Washington

John O'Boyle


The history of Newark is full of stories of the many housing projects that came to define the city. It's actually where the city got it's beloved nickname -- Brick City. Most of the projects are now a distant memory, either torn down or boarded up and abandoned. However, the people and the stories remain engrained in the fabric of the city.

Dwight Washington is one of those people. He grew up in Baxter Terrace, one of the first housing projects -- not just in Newark, but in the country. Built in 1941, BT was at one point the height of WC housing in Newark. It became so much a part of housing history in this country that several parts of the original structure are now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

This is Dwight Washington's story of what life was like in the now infamous housing projects known as Baxter Terrace.