GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - A museum focusing on early civil rights history in western Massachusetts has opened.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Center recently unveiled the Museum of Civil Rights Pioneers and will feature items related to the African-American experience in Berkshire County and the rest of the state.
The museum will display rare books and documents connected with civil rights icons such as Frederick Douglass, performer Paul Robeson, writer Langston Hughes, and Great Barrington-born civil rights pioneer Du Bois. Highlights include Robeson's contract to play Othello on Broadway and a Bible owned by Hughes.