GREAT BARRINGTON -- A new self-guided trail will open to the public this weekend with presentations and a reception, to experience the place W.E.B. Du Bois cherished and the land farmed by his mother's family beginning in the 1820s at 612 S. Egremont Road.

The trail highlights DuBois's life and his journey from Great Barrington to the world stage as a brilliant scholar, leader and champion of civil rights.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the First Congregational Church of Great Barrington, the W.E.B. DuBois National Historic Site and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will hold a celebration honoring DuBois, Great Barrington native son.

State Rep Byron Rushing, D-Boston-South end and the former President of the Museum of African American History in Boston, will introduce a public dedication of the W.E.B. Homesite on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American heritage Trail and a reception.

For more information, visit duboisnhs.org.