Great Barrington — Like his contemporary, W.E.B. Du Bois, the writer and educator James Weldon Johnson, best remembered for his leadership of the N.A.A.C.P., was a prominent historical figure with ties to Great Barrington.
As the town furthers its efforts to remember and honor Du Bois, the James Weldon Johnson Foundation is working to advance Johnson’s legacy through educational, intellectual, and artistic works that exemplify his contributions to American history and worldwide culture.
The foundation was established in 2016 by Jill Rosenberg Jones, executor of the James Weldon Johnson Literary Estate, and her husband Rufus Jones — who together in 2011 purchased the home that Johnson had owned in the 1930s, “Five Acres.” In partnership with Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the foundation launched an inaugural artist-in-residence program last summer that brought five visual artists to Great Barrington. Read More