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Carl Wittman, Sr. 1877-1950

  Carl Wittman and Mary Thalmyer Wittman had two sons, Walter and Robert (Bobbie). Walter and Jeanette Freeman Wittman had two children, Jane and Carl. Carl Wittman was born in Germany and came to the U.S. at the age of 14. From 1900-1910 he mined gold in Alaska, traversing the length of the Klondike three…

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Friendship with Ad Reinhardt

Walt Wittman was a supporter of the arts, especially those with leftist expressions. He was close to Ad Reinhardt, an artist and cartoonist known for his incisive cartoons of current event before and leading up the U.S. joining WWII. Jeanette and Walt were also friends with Rockwell Kent and Lynd Ward, who created God’s Man…

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Cpl. Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman (daughter of John F. and Blanche Freeman) volunteered for service in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII. She collected bits of wartime propaganda and ephemera which her niece Peg Johnston made into a book, actually a double  book with pockets attached to a cloth folder.

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Peg and Carl

Carl was six years older than his cousin Peg but there was a mutual admiration and bond, complicated by the great geographical distance between them, and ultimately, by Carl’s untimely death due to AIDS. What follows is a letter from Carl on coming out, a remembrance published in the women’s newspaper Hera (Binghamton NY Women’s…

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Elizabeth Freeman II

  Elisabeth Freeman is the daughter of John and Blanche (Bishop) Freeman. She was the fourth of five children in that family and was raised primarily in Binghamton NY. She attended Cortland Normal School (now SUNY- Cortland) studying education. She became a teacher and ultimately a much beloved and compassionate guidance counselor in the Paramus…

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Allan Troxler

Life partner of Carl Wittman. Allan Troxler is an artist and Country dance teacher in Durham NC. He was a Conscientious Objector to the mandatory military draft during the Vietnam War and did his service in the Boston area. He subsequently joined Carl in Wolf Creek in creating gay community and sustainable community among gays,…

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An Interracial Movement of the Poor?

This 1963 mimeographed article was written by Carl Wittman and Tom Hayden based on observations of their work in poor neighborhoods in Newark, NJ organizing around issues of housing, jobs, and discrimination. It is a detailed analysis of which issues are economic and potentially cross race and class lines, and which were about racism and…

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The Gay Manifesto

The Gay Manifesto, was, and remains, a pioneering document for the gay movement. Written shortly before the Stonewall Uprising in NYC in June of 1969, it laid out the revolutionary potential of the movement to challenge the power structure. In reading it now, there are some things that stand out. One is his acknowledgement that…

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Carl Wittman, Organizer

Carl Wittman, son of Jeanette Freeman Wittman and Walter Wittman. Carl Wittman lived the life of an organizer and he was pivotal in a number of movements. He grew up in Paramus NJ and went to Swarthmore College where he became involved in radical organizing, responding to racism and poverty in Cambridge, MD and later…

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Jane Freeman, Artist

Notes prepared by Jeanette Freeman Wittman             Jane Freeman, the portrait painter and artist, was born in Chesterfield England in 1871 and was brought by her mother (Mary Hall Freeman) to the United States with her two younger siblings, John Francis Freeman and Elisabeth Freeman in the mid 1870’s. Jane died on September 23, 1963…