A Statue Befitting Du Bois Is Overdue

There are a number of markers in our town that commemorate Du Bois, although none are visible in downtown Great Barrington. There is the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, the W.E.B. Du Bois River Park, and signs at the access roads to Great Barrington that note our town as the birthplace of W.E.B. Du Bois.

But what is still needed is a central, visual focus point of our town’s commemoration of Du Bois – a statue. For many of Great Barrington’s citizens, such a public memorial seems overdue.

Our current period in history makes this particularly appropriate. On February 23, 2018, we will celebrate the 150
th Anniversary of Du Bois’s birth. There are many events planned to commemorate this anniversary and it would be wonderful to be able announce concrete plans for the statue at that time – perhaps even the erection of the pedestal on which it will stand.

We were overwhelmed and inspired by the response to this initiative when it was first suggested on Facebook and in The Berkshire Edge. Our hope is that as many of you as are able will join together to make this happen.

Please contact this site with any ideas and suggestions you have for this initiative. And, if you are able, how you would like to help.