Today in Michigan History

March 5, 1836

Former slaves petitioned the state legislature for a church.

Thirteen escaped or freed slaves petition the legislature to start a church. Their efforts lead to the formation of the Second Baptist Church–the first African American church in Detroit. Its members met in various halls and schools until 1857, when the group purchased the Zion Reformed Evangelical Church on the site of the present Second Baptist Church.

Thank you Michigan Start Pages for this glimpse into our past.  See more here.