“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Victory Savings Bank

Victory Savings Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
February 24, 2014
1. Victory Savings Bank Marker
Inscription. Victory Savings Bank, founded in 1921, was the first, and for many years the only, black-owned bank in S.C. It was chartered by I.S. Joseph as president and I.S. Leevy and C.E. Stephenson as vice presidents, and opened at 1107 Washington St. in the heart of Columbia’s black business district. It was in this building 1955-1985, then moved to Sumter St., where it became S.C. Community Bank in 1999. Dr. Henry D. Monteith, who became president in 1948, led the bank for many years. His sister Modjeska Monteith Simkins, notable civil rights leader, held several positions here. This bank offered loans to blacks after widespread economic reprisals, many related to the Clarendon County school desegregation case Briggs v. Elliott, later included in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case (1954).
Erected 2014 by City of Columbia. (Marker Number 40-180.)
Location. 34° 0.166′ N, 81° 2.329′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Washington Street west of Parks Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 919 Washington Street, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nathaniel J. Frederick House (about 300 feet
Victory Savings Bank Marker - other side image. Click for full size.
February 24, 2014
2. Victory Savings Bank Marker - other side
away, measured in a direct line); North Carolina Mutual Building (about 500 feet away); The Big Apple (about 600 feet away); Early Howard School Site (about 700 feet away); Zion Baptist Church (about 700 feet away); Israelite Sunday School / Columbia's First Synagogue (approx. 0.2 miles away); R.L. Bryan Co. Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seaboard Air-Line Railway Station #2 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
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