Michigan Street Baptist Church

Michigan Street Baptist Church

Michigan Street Baptist Church
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avenn
Buffalo, NY37 contributions
Jun 2019
I visited this site as part of the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Tour offered by Explore Buffalo, which seemed to be the best way to visit all 3 sites they do on that tour. The best source of direct info I could find was found by searching "michigan street african american heritage corridor". So while you are in the neighborhood, you might as well make a day of it by also visiting the Nash House and the Colored Musicians’ Club.

Many previous reviewers seem to be under the impression the basement level cubbyhole was actually used as a hiding spot for freedom seekers. I was told this is not the case, as it is too small of a space to hold anyone, but merely an example of what such hiding spots might be like. The church is indeed a stop on the Underground Railroad, as one of the last stops (if not the last) before heading on to Canada. There’s lots of info in the basement level, particularly of Mary Talbert who lived next door and was inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
Written 22 April 2020
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2jpacks
Atlantic Beach, FL36 contributions
Sept 2019 • Couples
Surreal to see where runaway slaves were hidden. Thanks to Larry G. for a quick look around. You can feel the history.
Written 20 September 2019
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JuneNY
1,663 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Admission was free today, as part of OPEN DOORS BUFFALO. You can see the spot where the runaway slaves were hidden! This is a very special place and I highly recommend it!
Written 15 June 2019
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
The Baptist Church is painted in red. Even the front door is red.

They started to worship in 1836. It was the first black church in the city.

They saved a lot of people through the Underground Railroad.

Nearby the church, there were several historical panels about the Underground Railroad and the Baptist Church.

That was cool!

The Nash house is nearby and it too had Historical content about the Underground Railroad.

I like history.

This is worthwhile to see!
Written 27 September 2018
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wewhynot
Salisbury, NC1,008 contributions
Apr 2016 • Business
Went to this church as part of a tour of important African American history sites in Buffalo.

On our arrival we were met by the Bishop, who gave us an interesting tour of the church. After seeing the sanctuary which is in decent shape; currently two scaffolding tower are used to hold up part of the roof, as well as seeing the altar. We were informed that if we looked in the back of balcony we can see one of the locations where escaping slaves hid.

Afterwards, we went to the bottom floor where there was a lot information about the underground railroad, African Americans and the church, and other posters throughout the floor. The bishop then took us to the back of the church and showed us another location where escaping slaves hid.
Written 3 May 2016
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shoesArkansas
Arkansas386 contributions
Aug 2015 • Business
I tracked this place down because it was part of the Underground Railroad and I really wanted to see it. We met with a local judge who serves on the board of this place, and he highly recommended that we visit it. He even told us when to visit. When we went there, it was closed, even though we were there within two hours after it was supposed to open. I called all the numbers and left messages for the superintendent to try and schedule a visit, and no one ever bothered to call us back. This was the most disappointing site we visited, and the lack of cooperation for the public to see it needs to be promptly addressed.
Written 29 September 2015
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Davette719
Buffalo, NY5 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
I have been in Buffalo for over 40 years and have never took the opportunity to visit the Michigan Street Baptist Church or "Underground Railroad" until recently and I must admit, it was simply delightful. The Bishop served as a personal tour guide was a wealth of knowledge. There are also several items on display from that time period and we got to see the place were slaves were actually hidden. I would encourage anyone to go and visit this historic site.
Written 28 August 2013
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jmasc1
Buffalo, NY501 contributions
Jun 2012 • Business
If you have the opportunity to take a tour here with the Bishop, you won't be disappointed. You will see the sanctuary, still used for service today, with pieces of the ceiling cut out that used to house the escaping slaves. You will also tour the basement in the church and see a hollowed out piece of stone where people sat and waited for authorities to leave.

The tour is heavy on oral history, but the few things there are still to see will impact you for sure. I've been to the church several times and still appreciated the visit each time.

There is a small, requested donation that, I was told, goes toward continual renovation of the church.
Written 18 April 2013
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mmyatt01757
Kennebunkport, ME110 contributions
Jul 2011 • Solo
While on business in Buffalo, I searched for historic sites. I found the city hall (recommended) , Gray Cliff (Frank Lloyd Wright House, recommended), but my treasured memory was finding the Michigan Street Baptist Church. I arrived mid-day on a Tuesday, and the sign said they were open for visitors from about 10:00 am - 2:00 pm weekdays. As I opened the door, a young gentleman greeted me warmly. They were preparing for a convocation, but he generously offered "the tour." The church is charming, old, and in need of some repair. But the sanctuary was brightly painted, with beautiful new pews, and musical instruments ready for worship. The tour included seeing two Underground Railway hideouts, small and dank. Scary and real. This was a milestone on the Underground railroad because it is so close to the Canadian border. The basement was filled with memorabilia, tributes, historic maps and descriptions. I highly recommend dropping by, saying hello, and experiencing the history. Be sure to sign the guest book and give the suggested donation of $4.00 (at least). Oh, and across the street is the historic "Colored Musicians Club." No one was there when I visited, and it was badly in need of repair but I'll be back. Please drop by and support this historic church. I spent about 40 minutes here.
Written 7 July 2011
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buttons78
Washington DC, DC68 contributions
This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I did a driving tour of the Underground Railroad Freedom Trail. From the outside, the appearance is an old, red brick bulding with bright red doors. The windows have been busted out and are covered by plywood. A plaque on the outside reads it's the "second baptist church of Buffalo and first black church of any denomination in the city". The congregation was formed in 1836 by Rev. Dr. J. Edward Nash. The church was built in 1845 and it is the oldest structure in Western New York that was built for and has been continuously owned, operated, and occupied by African-Americans. The significance of this church is that it was an "Underground Railroad" Station. Before the Civil War, escaping slaves were hidden in a concealed area in the basement of the church until they could escape to freedom in Canada. Also, it was a meeting place for 19th century abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass.
Written 18 April 2010
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