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June 18 2015

The Freedman’s Bank 150th Anniversary Commemoration Makes Second Stop at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on June 30th

LOS ANGELES -- June 2, 2015 -- Operation HOPE makes the second stop of the Freedman’s Bank Tour on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The tour commemorates the 150th anniversary of the bank, created to aid newly freed slaves in their transition to freedom and features a dynamic discussion on the importance of capitalism, empowerment and financial inclusion.

The public is invited to the General Motors Theater at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on 315 East Warren Avenue in Detroit, MI from 5 – 6:30PM (ET), Tuesday, June 30 to celebrate an invaluable part of America’s history, the 150th anniversary of the Freedman’s Bank. (To attend).

Sponsored by Private Bank and Talmer Bank and Trust, the event features a dialogue between John Hope Bryant Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO and Civil Rights legend Ambassador Andrew Young in a moderated discussion on the historical significance of the Bank and its unfinished journey.

Created in 1865 through an act of Congress the Freedman’s Bank was to provide newly-freed slaves with a safe depository for their money.  Although it failed in 1874, costing tens of thousands of African-American depositors some or all of their life savings, its spirit lives on.

A reception will be held following the discussion, in the Ford Freedom Rotunda.