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African American Cultural Center leader passes away

The family of Agnes Bain told 2 On Your Side that she died Tuesday morning.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Agnes Bain, a longtime leader in the local arts community here in Western New York, has passed away.

The family of Agnes Bain told 2 On Your Side that she died Tuesday morning. She was 78-years-old and left a legacy in her wake. 

Bain was the executive director of the African American Cultural Center where she was responsible for making the center a premier place for theater plays. She worked with the center for 42 years.

Her resume included serving on the board of the Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County, the East Side Coalition of the Arts, as well as the Niagara Frontier Folk Art Council, and Tashama's Childrens' Repertoire Performance Workshop. She was also a past member of Buffalo's Art Commission, and a former panel member of the New York State Council on the Arts/Special Arts Service Program.

Bain also produced over 80 African American productions, working with a variety of stars.

Her dedication to the community has led to many awards for leadership, along with distinguished achievements.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown shared his condolences on Facebook Tuesday evening. Brown said Bain was a generous, warm person, and always had a desire to make a difference in others lives.

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