Notes On A Native Son
Great Barrington finally embraces W.E.B. Du Bois
On a Tuesday morning this past October, a handful of people—press, local officials, educators, activists—gathered at the town hall in Great Barrington to witness the presentation of two large, framed photos. One was a blown-up copy of a birth certificate for William E. Du Bois, born in the town in 1868. The other was a stoic portrait of a nearly 30-year-old Du Bois with his toddler son, Burghardt (who died at the age of two) and his first wife, Nina.