The Du Bois Center's new Museum of Civil Rights Pioneers is the first museum in western Massachusetts devoted exclusively to the acquisition and preservation of historical artifacts germane to the African-American experience in Berkshire County and beyond. Highlights include:
“In Battle For Peace,” inscribed by W.E.B. Du Bois to Paul Robeson.
“God’s Trombones,” inscribed by James Weldon Johnson.
“The Souls of Black Folk,” signed by Du Bois.
“The Negro in the American Rebellion,” signed by William Wells Brown.
“In Battle For Peace,” inscribed by Du Bois to his daughter Yolande.
Unpublished letter by Peter Williams, Jr., a founding black manager of the American Antislavery Society.
Paul Robeson’s annotated Theatre Guild contract to play Othello on Broadway.
Document signed by Frederick Douglass as recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia.
“Black Reconstruction,” inscribed by Du Bois to John Hope, the president of Atlanta University.
“Where Do We Go From Here,” inscribed by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bible owned by Langston Hughes.
File of material on Du Bois compiled by the Committee of Un-American Activities.
Document by Massachusetts Governor John Andrew discussing the unequal pay of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, the first black regiment mustered in the North.
Books from the library of the Reverend Samuel Harrison, chaplain of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts and noted Pittsfield minister.
Unpublished sketch of the Appomattox Court House surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Grant.
Document signed by President Andrew Johnson, as well as by Charles Sumner and numerous other members of the Reconstruction Congresses, which passed significant civil rights legislation and, in fact, impeached and acquitted Johnson.
* Hours: weekends 11-4, weekdays by appointment or chance. Admission $5