GREAT BARRINGTON — On Oct. 18, 1969, more than 800 people gathered to celebrate the dedication of a local park, which was later declared a National Historic Landmark, to Great Barrington’s own William Edward Burghardt Du Bois.
Exactly 50 years later, Du Bois’ hometown will congregate again to celebrate the life and work of the 19th century teacher, writer and civil rights activist.
On Friday, Oct. 18, the town’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst and members of the Selectboard will host the 50th anniversary commemoration of the dedication of the W.E.B Du Bois Boyhood Homesite.
Friday’s event will be historic not only for its featured guests and keynote speakers, but also for the formal and growing involvement of local government, said Randy Weinstein, chairman of the legacy committee and director of the Du Bois Center in Great Barrington.
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