Upper Housatonic Valley
African American Heritage Trail



Local Resources 

for the Study of
 Regional African American History

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Negro Woman Pender, Pittsfield


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The Great Barrington High School class of 1884.  W.E.B. Du Bois stands left. Principal Frank Hosmer seated, center

Educational Resources


Teaching African American Heritage
in the Upper Housatonic Valley

Lesson Plans and Bibliographies

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Charles  Persip marching in Memorial Day Parade, Pittsfield, 1970s

May Edward Chinn, physician, in 1916 at age 20, possibly on a trip to Great Barrington

  Charles Persip

 May Chinn


Portrait of John Garrett Penn by African American artist Simmie Knox in 2003 which hangs in the U. S. District Court in Washington D.C.

Negro Woman Pender, Pittsfield

John Garrett Penn

Negro Woman Pender

Photos:Persip: Mrs. Frances Persip Duval Collection & Berkshire Eagle; May Chinn: George Davis Collection;  John Penn:  John Garrett and Ann Rollison Penn Collection; Pender: Berkshire County Historical Society; Du Bois High School: Special Collections and Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Last Updated:
March 15, 2011