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Free tours of Nash House Museum to celebrate pastor's 149th birthday

Free tours of the Nash House Museum – plus cake – will be offered Monday when the landmark celebrates the 149th birthday of the Rev. J Edward Nash, a key figure in the city's history and the civil rights movement.

From 1892 until his retirement in 1953, Nash was pastor of the historic Michigan Street Baptist Church, a key stop on the Underground Railroad that hosted such figures as Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. He was instrumental in establishing what would become Buffalo's National Urban League and NAACP branches and used his influence with political and business leaders to advocate for the city's African-American community. Nash, born on May 1, 1868, is widely regarded as Buffalo's most influential African-American leader in the first half of the 20th century.

The birthday celebration and free tours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the museum, 36 Nash St. For more information, call Sharon Holley at 886-1399.

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