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James Weldon Johnson at the Writing Cabin, Five Acres, Great Barrington, circa 1930-1936 (JAMES WELDON JOHNSON MEMORIAL COLLECTION, YALE UNIVERSITY BEINECKE RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY)

James Weldon Johnson at the Writing Cabin, Five Acres, Great Barrington, circa 1930-1936 (JAMES WELDON JOHNSON MEMORIAL COLLECTION, YALE UNIVERSITY BEINECKE RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY)

The Boston Globe, Couple to restore Berkshires writing cabin of poet, civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson, July 26, 2019, By Martha Merrow
In the Berkshires, a small, century-old cabin stands beside the Seekonk Brook, nearly untouched. After years of snow and rain, the Great Barrington cabin — with all of its original stone — remains, faithfully safeguarded by looming hemlock giants. But nature has begun to reclaim it. Wild animals have made their nests beneath the collapsing floors, and water damage threatens the cabin’s very foundation. Read More

The cabin in which African American poet, lyricist and author James Weldon Johnson wrote in during the late 1920s and ‘30s on his property, Five Acre in Great Barrington has not been renovated since its construction. The cabin has sustained heavy structural damage and the current property owners, Jill Rosenberg-Jones and Rufus Jones, are working to raise money to restore the historic structure. STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN - THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE, July 7, 2019

The cabin in which African American poet, lyricist and author James Weldon Johnson wrote in during the late 1920s and ‘30s on his property, Five Acre in Great Barrington has not been renovated since its construction. The cabin has sustained heavy structural damage and the current property owners, Jill Rosenberg-Jones and Rufus Jones, are working to raise money to restore the historic structure. STEPHANIE ZOLLSHAN - THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE, July 7, 2019

The Berkshire Eagle, Couple to preserve Great Barrington writing cabin of civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson, July 7, 2019, By Heather Bellow
Rufus Jones and Jill Rosenberg-Jones are trying to save and preserve the cabin where Johnson most notably wrote "God's Trombones," which works the rhythm of the African American preacher's sermon. Read More

Frankie Darcell Talks talks latest stage production God’s Trombones, November 7, 2018
Darcell is gearing up for her latest stage production this weekend presented by Diva at the Stage Door Productions. She talks with the SUN about her passion for the production and why she prefers to cast talented local actors for her productions Read More

PODCAST Headlines with Frankie Darcell November 2018 DNC Chair Tom Perez and spotlight on The James Weldon Johnson Foundation, November 5, 2018
Headlines with Frankie Darcell November 4, 2018 spotlight on Jill Rosenberg Jones, Co-Founder and Chairperson, The James Weldon Johnson Foundation and a look at the stage play God's Trombones, written by Johnson and produced & directed by Frankie Darcell, coming to Philly Nov. 9th, 10th and 11th, 2018 LISTEN


WDAS-iHeartRADIO Philadelphia, October 18, 2018
Philadephia's WDAS-FM and iHeartRADIO personality and theater director Frankie Darcell will present a "soul stirring, thought provoking" performance of James Weldon Johnson’s God's Trombones at Penn's Landing Playhouse on Nov 9-11, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA Read More

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 16, 2018
The story behind ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ and why Beyoncé made it matter Read More


The Amsterdam News, April 12, 2018
While We Are Still Here, a Harlem-based, heritage-preservation organization in collaboration with Truth2Power Films and Jamal Joseph, presents a documentary, “In the Face of What We Remember: Oral Histories of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue.” Read More


The Washington Post, July 18, 2017
Google memorializes the Silent Parade when 10,000 black people protested lynchings Read More
 

Harlem World Magazine, July 28, 2017
Harlem’s Grace Nail Johnson, Activist, Arts Patron And Wife Of Writer James Weldon Johnson Read More


The Root, July 28, 2017
Google Doodle Pays Tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP’s ‘Silent Protest’ Parade Read More


Yale News, July 18, 2017
Beinecke display marks centennial of 1917 NAACP Silent Protest Parade Read More


The Berkshire Edge, July 12, 2016
Celebration marks progress in advancing the legacy of Harlem Renaissance founder James Weldon Johnson Read More

 

The Berkshire Edge, June 19, 2015
The home of James Weldon Johnson: Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance reborn   Read More

Preservation Massachusetts, February 16, 2010
Hanging by a Thread: The Retreat of James Weldon Johnson. At the westernmost edge of my Circuit Riding territory, Berkshire County has a long, though not always well-recognized African-American heritage. In the 18th century, Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman of Sheffield successfully sued for her freedom in a landmark case that declared slavery unconstitutional in Massachusetts. In the 19th century, more Berkshire County soldiers enlisted in the 54th Regiment (commemorated by the 1989 film “Glory”) than from any other part of the state. Samuel Harrison, chaplain to the 54th, settled in Pittsfield. In the 20th century, civil rights activists like Mary Wright Orvington, James Weldon Johnson, and W.E.B. DuBois had homes in the Berkshires   Read More