Sometimes unfortunate events manage to bring out the best in a community. That is the case with Buffalo’s historic Michigan Street Baptist Church, which recently suffered at the hands of vandals. Two historic signs, touting the church’s role in the Underground Railroad were knocked to the ground.
“It’s a shock because we consider this holy ground,” said Bishop Clarence Montgomery.
A GoFundMe campaign was established, to raise money to fix the signs, and in just one day the effort has raised nearly $2000, which is the goal. At this point,the church is only $300 away from being able to restore the signs. If you were looking to do a good deed before Thanksgiving Day, then please consider making a donation to this worthy cause.
The Michigan Street Baptist Church is one of Buffalo’s oldest houses of worship and served as a safe house for enslaved people of African descent who were attempting to escape to Canada and freedom throughout the mid-19th century. Please help restore and reinstall these historic markers as soon as possible and help demonstrate that Buffalo is truly the City of Good Neighbors. This initiative is being undertaken by the staff at Visit Buffalo Niagara and Buffalo’s hospitality community to assist one of our tourism partners in their time of need.