African - American Heritage

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Lift Every Voice

Freedom Wall mural

Colored Musicians Club

From the Michigan Street Baptist Church, a stop along the Underground Railroad, to the jazz history at the Colored Musicians Club and Museum, Buffalo’s African-American heritage runs deep. The listings below will help you find tours, sites and other attractions that tell the tales.

Of particular note is the story of Mary Talbert, whose gravesite can be found at Forest Lawn Cemetery. She opened her Michigan Avenue home to W.E.B. DuBois, John Hope and 27 others for secret planning meeting for the Niagara Movement, which would lead to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Talbert went on to serve as president, vice president and director of the NAACP. A year before her death in 1922, Mary Burnett Talbert became the first African American woman to receive the prestigious NAACP Spingarn Award. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October, 2005.

Additionally, the Nash House Museum at 36 Nash St. is the preserved home of a prominent minister in Buffalo, the Rev. J. Edward Nash. The belongings and life he left behind provide a window into the city’s proud African-American heritage; learn more here!

Learn more in our African American Heritage Guide!