TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 595 of the laws of 2007
amending the parks, recreation and historic preservation law relating
to establishing the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor
commission in Buffalo, in relation to extending the effectiveness
To extend the enacting language for the Michigan Street African
American Heritage Corridor that will sunset on December 31st of 2013.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 3 of chapter 595 of the laws of 2007, amending the parks,
recreation and historic preservation law relating to establishing the
Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission in
Buffalo. Chapter 49 of the laws of 2012 is amended to read as follows:
This act shall take effect immediately, provided that section two of
this act shall expire and be deemed repealed December 31, 2013.
The proposed site for the Michigan Street African American Heritage
Corridor is rich in African American History. This area, previously
known as The Michigan Street Preservation Area, has been nationally
recognized for its unique cultural resources and historically
significant buildings. This two block area has been center stage in
the epic history of Buffalo's black community and includes:
*Michigan Street Baptist Church, located at 511 Michigan Street, was
built in 1845 by Buffalo's free Blacks and later served as the last
'Station' on the Underground Railroad. The Church played a significant
role in the Slavery Abolition Movement. Michigan Street Baptist Church
also provided leadership in the national struggle for racial equality,
which at the time was known as the Niagara Movement and spurred the
eventual formation of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP). The Church has been listed in the National
Register of Historic Places.
*The Home of Reverend Dr. Jessie E. Nash, located at 36 Nash Street,
is a designated local, historic landmark, recognized for Reverend
Nash's instrumental role in founding the Buffalo Urban League and
local branch of the NAACP.
*Colored Musician's Club, located at 145 Broadway, is noted for
hosting the giants of American Jazz (i. e. Dizzy Gillespie, Duke
Ellington, Count Bessie, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and many
others) and is a designated local, historic landmark.
*The Home of Mary B. Talbert, one of the founders of the Niagara
Movement, was located at 521 Michigan.
*The Little Harlem Night Club, located at 494 Michigan, has been
designated as a local, historic landmark by Buffalo's Preservation
Board. The Little Harlem Night Club was lost to an unfortunate fire in
early 1993, and the site has remained vacant ever since.
With the focus on revitalizing the Upstate Economy, the Michigan
Street African American Heritage Corridor would serve as an important
vehicle and force, providing the foundational momentum to create
various economic opportunities and investments in Western New York.
To be determined
This act shall take effect immediately.