GREAT BARRINGTON — At a time when monuments connected to slavery and segregation are being challenged across the country, an effort in the Berkshires to put up a new statue for civil rights icon W.E.B. Du Bois is facing a controversy of its own.
“We’re taking statues down all over the country for one reason or another. Whether we disagree, that’s history. We’re not putting statues up nowadays. I don’t think a statue on public property should be at the library,” said Housatonic VFW Commander and Republican Town Committee Chair Andy Moro at the most recent library trustees meeting.
After the town’s library Board of Trustees voted to support a developing plan for a proposed statue of Du Bois on the grounds of one of their two libraries, Moro wrote letters to the media criticizing the move on the grounds that Du Bois expressed support for communism and praised Soviet tyrant Josef Stalin. Moro said veterans should have been consulted before the trustees cast that vote.
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