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.