HISTORIC SITES & LANDMARKS
NANCY J. PARISI
The African American experience in Buffalo is as broad, deep and symbolic as the Niagara River that Underground Railroad passengers crossed to freedom in Canada. Throughout the Buffalo Niagara region, historic safe houses, land markers, scenic locations and cultural institutions give testimony to this history and its relationship to the America that exists today.
Michigan Street Baptist Church 511 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo 716-854-7976
The Michigan Street Baptist Church has been a central part of the history and culture of the African American community in Buffalo for more than 150 years. It is one of the oldest properties in Buffalo Niagara continuously owned, operated and occupied by African Americans. The building was erected in 1845 by its African American congregation, and became a legendary Underground Railroad station, providing final sanctuary for hundreds of freedom seekers before they crossed the border to freedom in Canada. It was a central meeting place for abolitionists and later for anti-lynching activists during the early 1900s. Over the years, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington, among other great historical figures have graced its sanctuary.
A guide to the sights, sounds, tastes and heritage of Buffalo's African American community