Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company
Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company is the oldest, continuously operated African-American bank in the United States. Formerly known as the One-Cent Savings Bank and Trust Company and organized for the uplift of African Americans, it opened on January 16, 1904. African-American Nashville leaders Richard H. Boyd (president), James C. Napier (cashier-manager), and Preston Taylor(chairman) were among the bank's principal founders and officers.
Other founders and officers included C. N. Langston (teller), J. B. Bosley, William Haynes, J.W. Grant, E.B. Jefferson, T. G. Ewing, and J. A. Cullom. As the depository for the Defense Fund of the Afro American Council, the bank helped fund the African-American civil rights movement in 1906. The One-Cent Savings Bank and Trust Company, Nashville's first African-American owned bank, changed its name to Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company in 1920.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 197.)
Location. 36° 10.135′ N, 86° 48.613′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on Jefferson Street near 21st Ave N., on the right when traveling east. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Harold Dadford West, Sr. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Desegregating Nashville's Lunch Counters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donley Harold Turpin, D. D. S. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Meharry Medical College (approx. ¼ mile away); Hulda Margaret Lyttle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jubilee Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Academic Building At Fisk University (approx. 0.3 miles away); Talley-Brady Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Industry & Commerce •
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