Word that the city is planning to sell the space/land surrounding the Michigan Street Baptist Church and the Nash House to outside developers has led the Michigan Street African American Corridor to rally the community in support of their appeal to Mayor Brown and Council President Pridgen to place a moratorium of development on these lots and name the Michigan Street African American Heritage. The fact that this appeal even has to be made is a travesty and an outrage. Here is a copy of the appeal going out to citizens:
Dear community member, The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor has been the epicenter of African American History in Buffalo for well over 180 years. As you may know, the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission (MSAAHCC) has recently undertaken a process of strategic planning to help strengthen and develop the Corridor into a place that celebrates this history.
We envision a vibrant corridor that commemorates the history and heritage of this neighborhood. We have heard from you (the community) that the spaces surrounding the Michigan Street Baptist Church and the Nash House should be preserved as a contemplative space to reflect on African American history in Buffalo. Recently, it has come to our attention that the space between these two historic structures are in danger of being sold to outside developers.
We ask that you stand with us to help preserve these spaces by letting the city know that we—the public—want to be the ones who determine what goes into these spaces. …Send an email to Council President Darius Pridgen and Mayor Byron Brown to ask them to place a moratorium of development on these lots and name the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission as the designated developer to ensure that your voices are heard.
The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission