'I WAS BORN BY A GOLDEN RIVER IN THE SHADOW OF TWO GREAT HILLS. FIVE YEARS AFTER THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.'
BIRTHSITE OF W.E.B. DUBOIS (1868-1963)
PREMIER ARCHITECT OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
ERECTED BY THE GREAT BARRINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Du Bois's mother, Mary Sylvina Burghardt, had married Alfred Du Bois in 1867 and they rented a small property near this site on Church Street. After some trouble from Mary's family, though, Alfred left to make his own way. In Darkwater, W.E.B. Du Bois remembered its clapboards, its five rooms, and the delicious strawberries at the back. It was demolished in 1897.
William went to meetings at the Town Hall on the corner of Main and Castle streets to gather news for the Freeman (which was later called the Globe), a newspaper from New York with a predominant African American circulation.
'W.E.B. DU BOIS
"The Housatonic River flows gently
as the first life stream of our town".
W.E.B. Du Bois, 1961'.