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Remembering William Bishop Henderson!!

Updated: Jan 14

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Bishop William Henderson. He was a man dedicated to God who began his ministering career at the age of 15, which took him across the world from Africa to Russia. He battled myriad of health issues. But, he was resilient and pressed on with purpose and conviction.


Bishop leaves a tremendous legacy in the city of Buffalo. It was his mission and part of his calling to keep the Michigan Street Baptist Church standing. Having taken over the church in 1974, people would come from all over the globe to hear him tell stories about escaped slaves hiding in the church as part of the Underground Railroad as they made their way to Canada.


Bishop was a tireless man of God and an inspiration to our family and everyone he touched. He will be missed.


He leaves behind his wife of forty years, Dianna Henderson; three children Dwand, Addison and Rachel; and four grandchildren.


" On behalf of the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, we are saddened by the passing of Bishop Henderson. Bishop Henderson started the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition with the intention of preserving the historic Michigan Street Baptist Church and bringing attention to the other treasures on Michigan Avenue. Our community owes him a debt of gratitude and we feel a profound sense of commitment to see that his vision comes to fruition. A man of great character, he will be missed by all who knew him. Our hearts are with his family at this difficult time. "

-Lillie Wiley-Upshaw

Chair of BNFSC