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June 02 2015

Operation HOPE Continues to Elevate the 150-year History of the Freedman’s Bank

Operation HOPE Founder John Hope Bryant and Civil Rights Icon Andrew Young discuss the historical significance of the Freedman's Bank at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES -- June 2, 2015 -- Financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE joins the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to celebrate the invaluable part of America’s history, the 150th anniversary of the Freedman’s Bank.

Sponsored by Private Bank and Talmer Bank and Trust,  the event will feature 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.

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 attend the ceremony. RSVP here: http://www.operationhope.org/event/pid/0/eid/1701/cdt/1435647600

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