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February 12, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Du Bois Homesite

DuBois W.E.B. Du Bois, who lived in a now demolished house on this site during his boyhood, was a voice that inspired African Americans to believe in themselves and to fight for justice. Du Bois felt a special bond to the Great Barrington property, which had been in his family for more than 200 years. The property was given to Du Bois as a 60th birthday gift in 1928. In the “House of the Black Burghardts” (1928) Du Bois recalled his family’s ancestral home upon the Egremont Plain. First purchased by his maternal great grandfather, Jackson Burghardt in 1795, the site remained within Du Bois’ family for six generations. The homesite and the immediate land surrounding it was a veritable community of intergenerational, free, land owning African Americans.

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On This Day:
  • Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone, is used in U.S. for first time, to send a news dispatch from Salem MA to The Boston Globe, 1877
  • The Gumps debuts, a popular comic strip about a middle class family, by replacing the Old Doc Yak comic strip when the family moves into Yak's house, 1917
  • New York to Paris auto race (via Alaska and Siberia) begins in New York City (George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel), 1908
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded to work on behalf of African Americans, 1909
  • Calvin Coolidge becomes the first U.S. President to deliver a political speech on radio, 1924
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  • Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist, known for his documentation of evolution and his theory of its operation
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States
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