Upper Housatonic Valley
African American Heritage Trail





Advisory Council


Rachel Fletcher, Trustee,
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area

Frances Jones-Sneed, Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Advisory Council

Barbara Allen, Curator
Stockbridge Library Association Historical Collection

Richard Anderson, Public History, UMASS of Amherst

Barbara Bartle, Professor, Berkshire Community College

Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, Historic Site Interpreter

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Professor of Anthropology
W.E.B. Du Bois Center of UMASS of Amherst

Ellen Broderick, Former teacher and
W.E.B. Du Bois Curriculum Director, Berkshire Country Day School

Brian Burke, President, Great Barrington Historical Society

Richard Courage, Professor of English
Westchester Community College-SUNY

Susan Denault, Reference Librarian and Archivist
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Barbara Dowling, Director, Sheffield Historical Society

Esther Dozier, Pastor, Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, Great Barrington, deceased

Bernard A Drew, Local historian, Great Barrington
Friends of the Du Bois Homesite

David Graham Du Bois,
Founding President and CEO, W.E.B. Du Bois Foundation, Inc.
UMass professor of Journalism/Afro-American Studies, deceased

Willard H. Durant, Former Pastor
Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Pittsfield

Shirley Edgerton, Director
Youth Alive and Women of Color Giving Circle of Berkshire

Will Garrison, Historic Resources Manager,
Western Region, The Trustees of Reservations

Elaine S. Gunn, 1968 Du Bois Memorial Committee
Chair, Friends of the Du Bois Homesite

Wray M. Gunn, Trustee, Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church, Great Barrington

John A. James, Architect, Sheffield

Evelyn Jeffers, UMASS of Amherst, W.E.B. Du Bois Foundation

David Levinson, Cultural Anthropologist, Author

Homer Meade, National Evaluation Systems;
Berkshire Country Day School

James Miller, Former President, Sheffield Historical Society

MaryNell Morgan, Professor, SUNY – Empire State College
Former Sterling A. Brown '22 Visiting Professor, Williams College

Ivan Newton, Historian, Second Congregational Church, Pittsfield

Anne O'Dwyer, Assoc. Dean of Academic Affairs
Bard College at Simon's Rock

Robert Paynter, Professor of Anthropology
W.E.B. Du Bois Center of UMASS of Amherst

Emilie Piper, Local Historian, Berkshire Athenaeum

Cora Portnoff, Sheffield Historical Society

Eden-Rene Pruitt, Asst. Professor of Psychology
Bard College at Simon's Rock

Marla Robertson, Mentoring Programs Director
Railroad Street Youth Project

Thomas Shachtman, Trustee
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area

Betsy Sherman, President, Board of Trustees
Berkshire Historical Society

Linda M. Tyer, Samuel Harrison Society

Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, Director, BRIDGE, Inc.

Claudette Webster, Fellow, 
African American Biography Curriculum Project

Randy Weinstein, Director
W.E.B. Du Bois Center at Great Barrington

Megan P. Whilden, Director, Office of Cultural Development, Pittsfield

Alex Willingham, Professor of Political Science, Williams College



Rev. Willard H. Durant of the Price Memorial A. M. E. Zion Church in Pittsfield, c. 1999

Rev. Esther Dozier of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church, Great Barrington, c. 1999

Rev. Willard H Durant

Rev. Esther Dozier


Homer Meade, viewing 16 mm footage of the 1969 Memorial dedication program, 2006

David Graham Du Bois speaks at the dedication of the W.E.B. Du Bois River Garden Park, Gt Barrington, 2002, with Evelyn Jeffers

Homer Meade

David Graham Du Bois

Photos: Above: Erik Callahan; Below: Rachel Fletcher

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Last Updated: March 15, 2011