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Buffalo's Black History
In the early 1900s African American Musicians were not allowed to join the only musicians union in Buffalo. In 1917, eight local black musicians decided to create their own union, Local 533. A year later, the union formed a social club called the Colored Musicians Club, which is still located on the corner of Broadway and Michigan Avenue.
The Colored Musicians Club in Buffalo is the only remaining African American musicians club in the country. In 1979, the club was officially labeled as a historic landmark and in 1999, the club was designated as a historical preservation site.