Upper Housatonic Valley
African American Heritage Trail

A project of the  Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area


About Us

The African American Heritage Trail encompasses 29
Massachusetts and Connecticut towns in the
Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area,
and celebrates African Americans in the region
who played pivotal roles in key national and international events,
as well as ordinary people of achievement.

Church outing by Rev. Chauncey Hatfield of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church in Great Barrington, c. 1894-96

Among the key 48 sites along the trail:

W.E.B. Du Bois boyhood Homesite, a national landmark property
in Great Barrington, and the Burghardt homestead
where young Du Bois lived for a time
Col. Ashley House in Sheffield 
where Elizabeth 'Mum Bett' Freeman was enslaved 
and whose successful suit for liberty
set the stage for the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts
Samuel Harrison House in Pittsfield, 
home of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment chaplain 
who protested discriminatory pay practices


CLICK W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site!


W.E.B. Du Bois:
Champion of Rivers at Home and Around the World

CLICK W.E.B. Du Bois River Garden Park


Elizabeth Freeman Online Exhibit CLICK



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New! from National Trust for Historic Preservation
Northeast African American Historic Places Map
Find our 48 Sites on Google Earth

Click to Map African American Historic Places in the NE Region

for Information
CLICK to See our Sites via Google Earth

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We are now on



Rev. Samuel Harrison, former slave, 1st pastor of Second Congregational Church in Pittsfield

W. E. B. Du Bois 1907

  Rev. Samuel Harrison

 W. E. B. Du Bois


Portrait of Agrippa Hull, painted from an 1840s daguerreotype

Portrait of Elizabeth 'Mumbet' Freeman (c.1742-1829) 1811

Agrippa Hull

Elizabeth Freeman
'Mum Bet'
  Photos: Rev. Harrison: Samuel Harrison Society; Du Bois: Special Collections and Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst;  Agrippa Hull: Stockbridge Library Historical Collection; Church Outing: Elizabeth Freeman: Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA USA; Gary Leveille Collection, Great Barrington Historical Society

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Last Updated:
March 15, 2011