|Great Barrington “has turned its back upon the river,” W.E.B. Du Bois warned in a talk about the Housatonic River in 1930. Were he to visit today, he would appreciate the community effort to transform a blighted section of riverbank into a public riverside greenway. The W.E.B. Du Bois River Garden Park was dedicated in his name on September 28, 2002, with son David Graham Du Bois attending. The permanent outdoor exhibit––W.E.B. Du Bois: Champion of Rivers Here at Home and Around the World––opened on September 8, 2012.