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The Michigan Avenue Y.M.C.A.

The Michigan Avenue Y.M.C.A.

Buffalo's Michigan Avenue YMCA opened in April 1928 and became the cultural center of Buffalo's African-American community.  It cost $200,000 to build, half of which was donated by Buffalonian George Matthews. It boasted a cafeteria, gymnasium, swimming pool, barber shop, tailor shop, library; and classrooms, locker rooms, dormitory rooms, and billiard tables. It was demolished in April 1977. The papers in this collection was secured for microfilming through the efforts of Lillian Williams, Black Studies, SUNY Buffalo, in cooperation with Mr. Art Griffa.  The microfilming was done by Monroe Fordham, Department of History, Buffalo State College in May 1975.

Click here for an index to the microfilmed records.


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