GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – Some veterans oppose the plans for the erection of a statue of civil rights pioneer W. E. B. Du Bois, in Massachusetts, his place of residence because of his late-life decision to join the Communist party.
Although the planning is in the early stages, Great Barrington public library trustees have approved the idea of a statue of Du Bois outside the municipal library. The statue was proposed by a private group.
Marine Corps veteran Andy Moro wrote a letter to The Berkshire Eagle say a statue in the city property is of a “direct insult to all veterans.” Moro is also the chairman of the Republican City Committee.
However, Army veteran Michael Paul Richardson, in another letter, says, in honor of Du Bois, is a “too late.”
A number of people spoke for and against the plan during a recent meeting.