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Julian Bond 1940-2015

We at the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site mourn the passing of a truly great American, Julian Bond. He substantially changed the course of U.S. history through his work to enhance the political and civil rights for African Americans, and thereby for all citizens. We are particularly sad at his passing because of his connection to W.E.B. Du Bois, and especially to the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite. Dr. Du Bois was a friend of Mr. Bond's father, the educator Horace Mann Bond, and there is a photograph of the very young Julian holding Dr. Du Bois's hand that you can find on the internet, for instance at https://theberkshireedge.com/julian-bond-and-w-e-b-du-bois/. Among Mr. Bond's many other accomplishments and contributions he served as Chairman of the Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1998-2010 and was a member of the Board at the time of his death, an organization with which W.E.B. Du Bois had a famously formative, supportive and disputative relationship well before Mr. Bond's time on the Board. And, Mr. Bond has played important roles in the creation of the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington. He served as the keynote speaker at the contentious dedication ceremony organized by Mr. Walter Wilson and Dr. Edmund Gordon at the Homesite in October of 1969. A 10 minute movie is curated in the W.E.B. Du Bois Papers in the Special Collections and University Archives of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It includes an extensive excerpt from Mr. Bond's speech, in which he trenchantly analyzes the social injustices of the 1960s, an analysis that in sadly too many ways holds true for today. You can view the movie at http://credo.library.umass.edu/view/full/mums312-b246-i001 or http://bit.ly/1KvQd8T.
And more recently, Mr. Bond and his wife, Pam Horowitz, have supported the W.E.B. Du National Historic Site as members of the Niagara Circle, support for which we are very grateful.

We are all better for what Mr. Bond helped foster in our world. We will miss his astute political analyses, his organizational acumen, and his personal style.

Free Guided Walking Tours, July 2 – September 4, 2016

The W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site is pleased to be offering guided walking tours, July 2 – September 4, 2016 at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite on Route 23 in Great Barrington. The tours are approximately one hour. Camesha Scruggs, a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the tours.

Guided tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays from July 2 – September 4. Youth groups, camps, schools, church groups and other groups can schedule tours on Thursdays and Fridays: info@duboisnhs.org or (413) 717-6259. All tours are free.

Guided Tour at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite

The tour follows a loop wooded trail that takes visitors to the remains of Du Bois’s ancestral home, where visitors will learn about Du Bois’s family and way of life as revealed through archaeological investigations and historic documents. Along the way, visitors will learn about Du Bois’s journey from Great Barrington to the world stage, as well as the site’s beginnings as a memorial.

Meet at the Homesite parking area. Please note, presently there are no bathroom facilities at the Homesite.

Tour Schedule June 6 – October 4:
Saturdays 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sundays 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Group tours available July and August on Thursdays and Fridays

For questions or group bookings: info@duboisnhs.org or (413) 717-6259.