African American Heritage Corridor

Gallery Above
Clockwise from left


Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

Colored Musicians
Club & Museum

The Freedom Wall

Rediscovering Our Roots

On the eastern edge of downtown Buffalo, a new archway spanning Michigan Avenue welcomes visitors to Buffalo’s African American Heritage Corridor. The archway caps off a decade of investment in developing the region’s rich African American history into a top visitor experience.

Recent developments include:

  • The 2018 completion of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, an interactive museum located inside that city’s 19th century U.S. Custom House. The museum recounts the stories of escaped slaves traveling through the area on the last stretch of their journey to freedom in Canada, as well as the brave locals who helped them along the way.
  • -The 2017 completion of the Freedom Wall, an elaborate mural on the city’s East Side that features 28 painted portraits of local and national African-American leaders.
  • -The 2013 opening of the Colored Musicians Club Museum, an interactive exhibit space that explores the history of jazz in Buffalo and the careers of local musicians who made it one of the premier jazz scenes in the country. The museum is directly downstairs from the club, which has operated for more than 80 years as a live music venue and welcomed the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and John Coltrane through the decades.

Learn more about other ways to explore Buffalo’s rich African-American Heritage here.