City wants historic marker for Freedman’s Bank site – News – The Daily Herald


The City of Columbia is looking to place its next historic marker to preserve another piece of African-American history at the intersection of South Main Street and East 6th Street.

The location is the site of the former Freedman’s Savings and Trust Bank, which was established in 1865 by Samuel Arnell and J.P. Baird, and one of only four African American banks in Tennessee. By 1873, the bank was circulating more than $19,000, which would equate to millions of today’s dollars.

Jo Ann McClellan, president of the African American Heritage Society of Maury County (AAHS), and member of the Columbia Arts Council, spoke to Columbia City Council this week about the significance of the location, and the work it’ll take to place another marker in the city limits. She proposed council…

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