Bygones: When W.E.B. Du Bois spoke in Duluth

Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at


News Tribune, March 18, 1921

  • Virginia school officials have decided to establish a junior college there next year. Junior colleges have already been opened in Eveleth and Hibbing, and the Virginia school is expected to attract about 30 students in its first year.
  • W.E.B. Du Bois, founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and editor of "The Crisis," will speak at St. Mark's A.M.E. Church in Duluth this Monday night. Du Bois is a graduate of Harvard University.
  • Duluth will not be a member of the Range Baseball League this summer. The city's application was voted down at the annual league meeting last night because members felt that adding a Duluth team to the circuit would be too expensive.
  • "The Story of the Cross," a choral composition by Duluthian Arthur F.M. Custance, will be sung at a special Lenten service at St. Paul's Church on March 27. It is said to be one of the most beautiful pieces ever performed by the St. Paul's Choir.

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