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Danville, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First State Bank

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
1. First State Bank Marker
Inscription.  First State Bank, one of the few banks in Virginia owned by African Americans, opened on 8 Sept. 1919 as the Savings Bank of Danville. By issuing loans to individuals, businesses, and churches, the bank fostered the black community's vitality during the era of segregation. Maceo Conrad Martin (1897-1981) an officer of the bank from 1919 to 1970, became its president in 1951 and was later president of the National Bankers Association. The only black member of a special seven-man grand jury called during Danville's civil rights demonstrations of 1963, Martin issued a lone dissent against the indictments of protesters. First State Bank posted bond for nearly 20 jailed demonstrators.
 
Erected 2018 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-44.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsIndustry & CommerceLaw Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is September 8, 1919.
 
Location. 36° 35.328′ N, 79° 23.598′ W. Marker is in Danville, Virginia. Marker is on North Union
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
2. First State Bank Marker
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Street just north of Spring Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 N Union St, Danville VA 24541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Danville's Streetcars (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Dan River Fabrics (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Trough (about 400 feet away); Centennial Celebration of the Danville Tobacco Association (about 400 feet away); The Wreck of Old 97 (about 700 feet away); Danville System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bloody Monday (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harry Wooding (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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