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Du Bois Memorial Park celebrated, 50 years later

Great Barrington’s W.E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee plans an ambitious day of activities to commemorate the controversial dedication, a half-century ago, of Du Bois Memorial Park on Route 23. Now maintained by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as the Du Bois Boyhood Homesite, the property is open to visitors in warmer months for self-guided walking tours. The event will be Friday, Oct. 18.

Randy Weinstein, chair of the Legacy Committee, believes the town has increasingly come to embrace its most famous native son. In 1969, there was considerable discomfort.

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