Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Cooper honors 100-year-old Citizens Bank

"When Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta needed money to expand the sanctuary where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Citizens Savings Bank and Trust in Nashville was one of five black-owned banks that provided the $6.5 million loan."

"The loan to Ebenezer expanded on a niche service — catering to the financial needs of local churches — that has been a foundation for Citizens Bank for a century. That record will be honored today by Rep. Jim Cooper in a resolution commemorating the bank's 100th anniversary."

"About two dozen black and Hispanic lawmakers are joining Cooper, D-Nashville, in saluting Citizens Bank's contributions in the community and its leadership nationally as the nation's oldest continuously serving black-owned bank."

The Tennessean

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