He was a part of the second great African American migration to the north who built a creative and spiritual life; along the way he documented the life of his community.
The Rev. J. Edward Nash House stands today as one of the few remaining landmarks of Buffalo's twentieth century significance in local and national history across racial lines. It was from this house that Rev. Nash, early in the twentieth century, led and helped to orchestrate some of the foremost civil rights causes of Buffalo and the nation.
Josiah Henson's determination and eloquence fueled the Underground Railroad, and the real story behind the classic Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Ann Montgomery's Michigan Avenue landmark was the meeting place for generations of Buffalonians seeking grand entertainment, fine food and a convivial atmosphere.
The widely-accepted story of W.E.B. DuBois’ venue choice for the inaugural meeting of the Niagara Movement cites racial discrimination as the cause. Recent research by local scholars, however, suggests that this was not the case at all.
For more than 75 years, Buffalo's Colored Musicians Club has offered members a place to practice, perform and listen to the music they love. It is the only club of its kind continually operating to this day, drawing visitors from across the world.
In the early 1920s, the city and its mayor, Francis X. Schwab, took a dramatic stand against a resurgent Ku Klux Klan that boasted thousands of local members.