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Second Baptist Church

Disenfranchised black members of First Baptist Church began organizing amongst themselves, forming Second Baptist Church over the course of several months between 1836 and 1837. Madison J. Lightfoot, Cornelius Mitchell and William Scott formally withdrew from the segregated First Baptist Church in 1837, and all black congregants followed suit within that year. As Michigan’s first black church, Second Baptist played many roles in the state. In addition to serving as a center of spiritual growth for Detroit’s black community, Second Baptist was a well-known “station” on the Underground Railroad.

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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.