Our Opinion: Du Bois gets his due in Great Barrington

Written Oct 18, 2017 by Editorial Staffa in The Berkshire Eagle

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the birth in Great Barrington of W.E.B. Du Bois, it’s encouraging to see the community fully embracing this towering intellectual, civil rights activist — this native son.

A large, framed photo of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois will now hang permanently on a prominent wall in the stairwell of Great Barrington Town Hall. A large, framed copy of his birth certificate will likely be placed in the meeting room (“Town hall honors Du Bois’ legacy,” October 18). “This is the first evidence [of Du Bois] in Town Hall,” remarked Select Board member Ed Abrahams, who accepted the two pieces on Tuesday from Carol Connare of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Du Bois Center Library.

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