Michigan Street Baptist Church - Table of Contents

2003 photos - Michigan Street Baptist Church
511 Michigan Avenue (between Broadway and William), Buffalo, N.Y.


28 May, 1837

Building erected:

See also:
Highlights of Buffalo History, 1849


Samuel H. Davis

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Left: J. Edward Nash House ... Michigan Street Baptist Church ... Colored Musicians Club

Left: Jesse Nash House ... Michigan Street Baptist Church ... Building saved from demolition in 2002

Nineteenth Century photo

Compound arch

Dentils above rounded window

Site of an Underground Railroad Station

J. Edward Nash House

Note two historic markers. Left: Mary Talbert, Underground Railroad Station

Mary Talbert

Mary Talbert marker


Excerpt from
Deidre Williams, "NAACP Turns 100 Today,"
published in The Buffalo News, February 12, 2009, B1

In 1905, 32 prominent African-American men gathered for a reception at the home of William and Mary B. Talbert members of Michigan Street Baptist Church - once a stop on the Underground Railroad. The men - who had financial backing from William Talbert - wanted equal rights for black men.And they wanted it immediately.

'We are men. We want to betreated as men. And we shall win," scholar and activist W. E. B. DuBois was quoted as saying. little did the Talberts know that the reception they hosted in their home would give birth to one of the country's leading civil rights organizations.

The following day, the group convened officially for the first time as the Niagara Movement in the Fort Erie (Ont.) Hotel, according to Bishop William Henderson, historian and tour guide for Michigan StreetBaptist Church.

Four years later, the group would form the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which celebrates its centennial today.

Other possible underground railroad sites in Western New York:

Dr. Harry Fosdick Home, Buffalo
First Shiloh Baptist Church, Buffalo
Methodist Episcopal Church, Buffalo
Morris-Butler House, Buffalo (1837-1927)
Durham Memorial AME Zion Church
Clinton Hall
Eagle House, Williamsville
First Presbyterian Church, Lewiston, NY
Asa Warren house (c. 1820) Eden, NY
Obadiah Baker House, Orchard Park, NY
Presbyterian Church, Lockport
Union Meeting House, Collins Center, Erie County
Moss House (Lockport YWCA)
Hull-Peterson House, Lancaster
Griffins Mills Presbyterian Church, East Aurora
Seldon Ely Farm, Cheektowaga
Tryonís Folly, Lewiston, Niagara County
Martha Root House, Pekin

- from a research paper by Amy Sobierajski, Dept. of Anthropology, Syracuse University

Photos and their arrangement © 2003 Chuck LaChiusa
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