Upper Housatonic Valley
African American Heritage Trail

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To identify, preserve, share and celebrate 
our African American heritage 
in the Upper Housatonic Valley, 
through the creation of a heritage trail 
and related interpretive materials.

We Support

  • the protection of heritage sites in the area;
  • the collection, compilation and preservation of historical materials;
  • educational initiatives and related curricula.

W.E.B. Du Bois, Nina Gomer Du Bois & James Weldom Johnson at the Burghardt homesite in Great Barrington on 23 February 1928, the occasion of Du Bois's sixtieth birthday

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Upper Housatonic Valley African American Trail
PO Box 472
Great Barrington, MA 01230


Email: info@AfricanAmericanTrail.org


A Project of 
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area



Edward Augustus Croslear, Civil War veteran, Massachusetts 54th Regiment c.1890-1900

Charles Persip (left) World War I comrade

  Edward Croslear

 Charles Persip
& Comrade


Sadie and Sylvester Gunn

Margaret Alexander Hart as a teenager

Sadie & Sylvester Gunn

Margaret Hart

Photos: Croslear: Sheffield Historical Society, Mark Dewey Research Center, Persip: Berkshire County Historical Society Collections; Sadie Sylvester Gunn: Wray Gunn Collections; Margaret Hart: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Freel Library;  Du Bois: Special Collections and Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst MA

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Last Updated: March 15, 2011