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Stabilization work begins on Michigan Street Baptist Church

Buffalo News, December 5, 2021

Construction work has begun to stabilize the roof and foundation of the Michigan Street Baptist Church, as community leaders, local officials and the state undertake a $1.3 million effort to preserve the historic pre-Civil War structure and allow for more visitors to what was once the last stop on the Underground Railroad for the formerly enslaved seeking escape to Canada.

The work is being undertaken by the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, a nonprofit group created in 2001 that owns the church at 511 Michigan Ave., and that seeks to protect and promote its heritage. Located within the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor, the church was built by African Americans in 1845 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.

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