In celebration of Black History Month 2018, Radio One Detroit is highlighting Detroit landmarks that have had an impact on black history!
Second Baptist Church
Second Baptist Church, currently located at 441 Monroe Street, is the oldest African-American church in Michigan and according to some sources, the Midwest.
The church was formed by 13 former slaves in 1836. With the Canadian border being less than three miles away, Second Baptist Church became a pivotal stop on the Underground Railroad.
Education also became a big part of this church. Several members came together and established the first school for African-American children. Fannie Richards, a member of the church, was named the first African-American teacher in the United States.
The members did not end their work there. During the Great Migration, the church also assisted many travelers with information on housing, relocation and employment opportunities.
The church was moved to its current location in 1857. After a fire in 1914 and several expansions, the church still maintains an active congregation today.