WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Rosalynn Frederick, a teacher from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who is planning to run from California to New York in order to raise money for a fund that will allow middle and high school students to travel outside the country.
Great Barrington was the hometown of the late author and civil rights leader and founder of the NAACP. He died nearly 50 years ago.
A parcel of land and home located along route 23 in Great Barrington that was given to WEB Dubois as a gift was bulldozed in the mid-50’s. In the 1960’s, the acreage where the homestead sat changed hands. Currently, UMass Amherst owns the homesite.
The Friends of the Du Bois Home site are planning to include the 5-acre plot Great Barrington and three other locations a national historic site.