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Q House

Welcome to The Dixwell Community House, known as the Q House. Originally located at 98 Dixwell Avenue, this historic site contains a wealth of New Haven history. For this tour, we would like to focus on one woman, Laura Belle Reed McCoy, who played an important role in the Q House, and so much more. 

Born in Carlisle, NY in 1890, Laura Belle Reed McCoy was a Mohawk Indian and African American. When the Q House first opened in 1924, McCoy was its first associate director, a position she stayed in for 13 years. She also founded the first Black Girls’ Scout group in the country in 1932, holding their meetings within the Dixwell Q House. 

In addition to her work with the Q House, Ms. McCoy was also politically active. From 1940 to 1943, McCoy served on the Board of Alders for New Haven. In fact, she was the first non-white woman in the country to be elected to city council. 

Along with her work within local government, McCoy was also a nurse. She combined her medical and political work by being on the Elderly Planning Committee of the White House Conference in 1971. Also, in 1976 she was appointed to the Advisory Council of Connecticut's Department on Aging. She has impacted New Haven, Connecticut, and the country in so many ways, yet her name is barely known.

A Peoples' History of Dixwell
  1. Dixwell Tour Intro
  2. Hillhouse High School
  3. Directions to Monterey Jazz Club
  4. Monterey Jazz Club
  5. Directions to Hannah Gray Home
  6. Hannah Gray Home
  7. Directions to John Daniels Place
  8. John Daniels Place
  9. Directions to Goffe Street School
  10. Goffe Street School
  11. Directions to Negro YMCA
  12. Negro YMCA
  13. Directions to Masonic Temple
  14. Masonic Temple
  15. Directions to Q House
  16. Q House
  17. Directions to Bristol Street
  18. Bristol Street
  19. Directions to Grove Street Cemetery
  20. Grove Street Cemetery
  21. Directions to Attempt to Make an HBCU in New Haven
  22. Attempt to Create HBCU in New Haven
  23. Directions to Yale Law School
  24. Jane Matilda Bolin and Pauli Murray
  25. Directions to Grace Hopper College
  26. College Renamed
  27. Directions Back to Hillhouse High School
  28. End of Dixwell Tour