William E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite

MA 23, Great Barrington, Massachusetts



Only ruins mark the site of the boyhood home of prominent sociologist and writer William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. A a major figure in the African-American civil rights movement during the first half of the 20th century, he helped found the NAACP. He authored more than 20 books and several hundred articles. He was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. degree from Harvard, and his dissertation, "The Suppression of the African Slave Trade," became the first volume in the Harvard Historical Studies. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 11, 1976

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 1976
Reference number
NR name
Du Bois, William E.B., Boyhood Homesite
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Literature; Education; Religion; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1868; 1885