Black Berkshires: A hidden and not-so-hidden legacy
The story of being Black in the Berkshires is largely untold. It’s a legacy of injustices endured, freedom attained, of human hatred and human kindness, of lasting yet dissipating segregation…
In 1771, Berkshire County property tax records show there were:
• 19 enslaved humans of African descent in Sheffield;
• 7 enslaved humans of African descent in Stockbridge;
• 3 enslaved humans of African descent in Egremont.
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