As recent films Lincoln and Django Unchained remind us, America was no playground when the Fugitive Slave Act was law. African Americans were forcibly stripped of their very humanity; they were worth less than nothing and treated as just another piece of the furniture set.
Oddly enough, this horrendous period was the cause of one of Buffalo's greatest triumphs.
Mandela Market Located at: 272 East Ferry Ave., Buffalo
Phone number: 716-882-0288
Hours: 3 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; open 24 hours on Thursday and Friday
Owner: Mandela Market, opened in October of 2007, is a convenience store and gas station that sells a variety of products including gas, hair products, lottery, taxable cigarettes, pop/chips, beer, sandwiches, fruits and other food products. It is centrally located in the heart of the Masten District.
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