A Closer Look: The Nash House Museum, a time capsule of Buffalo's black history
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
The Rev. J. Edward Nash, born to former slaves in Occoquan, Virginia, was one of the most revered and accomplished figures in the history of Buffalo's African American community. As pastor of the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church from 1892 until his retirement in 1953, Nash earned a reputation as “a God-sent preacher- a hard-nosed negotiator- a skilled facilitator- a reliable expediter- and a stalwart advocate” for Buffalo’s black community, according to historian Barbara Seals Nevergold. His longtime residence, just east of downtown, was meticulously preserved by his late wife and converted into a museum by local preservationists. It now stands as a fascinating time capsule of Nash's life and accomplishments, virtually undisturbed since his death in 1957.