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Celebrate Black History: Michigan Street Baptist Church

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The Michigan Street Church was built in 1845, it’s the oldest structure in Western New York that was built for and has been continuously occupied by African-Americans for over 150 years. It was also home to the first black congregation of any denomination in the City of Buffalo and in 1842 they adopted a resolution opposing slavery. "Resolved, that the System of Slavery is alike opposed to the spirit of the Gospel and the Principles of Justice, that we have no fellowship with it, and we recommend to the members of our Churches the use of all suitable means to effect its entire abolition."

It was a legendary rest stop on the "Underground Railroad" where, prior to the Civil War, fugitive slaves were hidden before escaping to Canada. Also, it was a central meeting place for black abolitionists and anti-lynching activists like Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Henry Highland Garnet, W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington Martin Delany and a host of others The Michigan Street Preservation Corporation is now directing a campaign to restore the site and create a museum.

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For more information, email Kevin Cottrell at:

Celebrate Black history events in Buffalo NY

Here are the list of exhibits dates and events in the city of Buffalo for more info email

Feb 3. Celebrating Black History window display begins at Visit Buffalo Niagara 617 Main St, Buffalo, NY will run Feb 3-28.

Feb 11. 6pm-8pm Celebrating Black History collage on Image & Identity at Diversity Night at Filigree's gallery & Boutique 1121 Elmwood.

Feb 13.(OPENING RECEPTION) MEET & GREET Full exhibit 7pm-9pm Coming home Buffalo gallery 140 Elmwood ave will host opening reception.




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