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Du Bois, W. E. B. :: 304 collections

Subject: Chinese Embassy in Ghana

Date: ca.1961

Reference no. 770

Subject: Crisis office

Date: ca.1920-1921

Photo by Crisis

Reference no. 421

Subject: Delegates from Junior NAACP, Cleveland, with W. E. B. Du Bois

Date: 1929

Photo by Cole

Reference no. 444

Subject: Dinner at Academy of Science, Accra, Ghana

Date: ca.1960

Reference no. 742

Subject: Du Bois (far right) and three unidentified men standing in front of buggy

Date: ca.1890s

Reference no. 833

Subject: Du Bois arriving in Southern China

Date: 1959 April

Reference no. 676

Subject: Du Bois at a party in honor of his 90th birthday, Chicago, Ill.

Date: 1958

Reference no. 534

Subject: Du Bois attending President Nkrumah’s Inauguration, Accra, Ghana

Date: 1960 July 1

Reference no. 743

Subject: Du Bois cutting his 95th birthday cake, seated with Kwame Nkrumah and wife (Helena Ritz Fathia), Shirley Graham Du Bois standing adjacent

Date: 1963 February 23

Reference no. 748

Video, 1969

As a child, W.E.B. Du Bois lived for several years on a five acre parcel of land on the Egremont plain near Great Barrington, Mass. Although barely five when his family moved into town, Du Bois never lost his feeling for this property that had been in his family for six generations, and when presented with the opportunity to reacquire the site in 1928, he accepted, intending to build a house there and settle.

Walter Wilson and Edmund Gordon purchased the Du Bois homesite in 1967 with the intention of erecting a memorial to Du Bois’ life and legacy. On October 18, 1969, the site was formally dedicated as the W. E. B. Du Bois Memorial Park, with civil-rights activist and future Georgia legislator Julian Bond giving the keynote address and Ossie Davis presiding as master of ceremonies. Nineteen years later, the Du Bois Memorial Foundation donated the property to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, designating the University of Massachusetts Amherst as custodian.

Narrated by Davis and including Bond’s keynote address, this documentary (originally shot on 16mm motion picture film) depicts the 1969 dedication ceremonies. For additional information, please visit the website for the Du Bois boyhood homesite.

Subject terms

  • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
  • Great Barrington (Mass.)

Genre terms

  • Motion pictures
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