Reimbursing depositors of Freedman"s Savings Bank.

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Other titlesReimbursing depositors of Freedman"s Savings Bank, with minority report
SeriesH.rp.1991
ContributionsUnited States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor
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Pagination4 p.
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The records of twenty-nine branches of the Freedman’s Savings Bank, including those of the Washington D.C. office, still survive today and are searchable at the National Archives. What make these records so important are the thousands of signature cards that contain personal data about the individual depositors.

This book indexes records of the Freedman's Savings and Loan Bank, which was begun after the Civil War to provide black Union troops with a place to deposit their wages and bounties. It consists of three indices of Registers of Signatures of Depositors, one for each of the three branch offices in Mississippi: Columbia, Natchez and Vicksburg.

Microfilmed Records. The surviving records of twenty-nine branches of the Freedman's Bank are reproduced on National Archives Microfilm Publication M, Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, This publication reproduces fifty-five volumes of signatures of and personal identification data about thousands of depositors.

] The Freedmen s Savings Bank. 6 o of the freedmen's deposits, paying 5 per cent, interest, while the Freedmen's Bank was paying- 6 per cent, to depositors.^ H. Cooke and W. Huntington, president and cashier respectively of the First National Bank of Washington, were trustees of the Freedmen's Bank and meml^ers of its finance committee.

Eventually there were 37 branch offices in 17 states with approximat depositors (over the banks lifetime) and deposits of more than $57 million. Inas a result of mismanagement, fraud, and other events and situations, Freedman's Bank closed.

About the Registers of Signatures of Depositors. A bank book from the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company. The need for the Bank’s services was acute. Large numbers of slaves liberated by the Union Army had gone on its payroll. As this was the first bit of cash many of them had ever received, they needed a safe depository and basic financial education.

During the next decade, Congress established a program to reimburse depositors up to 62% of their savings, but many depositors never received any compensation.

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Some scholars claim that the failure of the Freedman's Bank and the loss of their savings led to a distrust of all banking institutions for several generations among the black community. This NARA microfilm publication M Registers of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company.

United States, Freedman's Bank Records, — Attention: This site does not support the current version of your web browser. The group got Sen. Charles Sumner to propose a bill to establish a Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company to be headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Passed in the rush before adjournment in March ofthe charter was a very broad one. It was the only bank in the country allowed to branch across state lines. congress to be asked to reimburse the depositors in the freedman's savings bank the basis of the relations of the two races.

Like much else that came out of the Civil War, the Freedman’s Savings Bank (officially the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company) began with a sense of high moral purpose. Its founders understood that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was only the start down the long road toward full participation in American society for former slaves.

Inthe American Civil War ended and the Reconstruction era began.

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On March 3rd of that year, an act to incorporate the first black savings bank, Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company (The Freedman’s Bank), was approved. The Charter and By-Laws of the bank indicate that deposits of $1 or more were accepted from “persons heretofore held in slavery in the United States, or their.

No, it was not the savings and loan industry in the s. It was the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company in the Os and Os. But to read Carl R. Osthaus’s worthy book on its sad history, Freedmen, Philanthropy, and Fraud (University of Illinois Press, ), is to know déjà vu on a historical time scale.

When the Civil War ended, social and economic chaos reigned throughout the. About Freedman's Savings and Trust Company. The Freedman's Savings and Trust Company was incorporated in by an act signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

The purpose of the company was to create an institution where former slaves and their dependents could place and save their money. The original bank was first headquartered in New York and.

The short-lived success of the Freedman’s Savings Bank inspired other African Americans to establish their own banks. One of particular interest was the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, chartered by Maggie L.

Walker of Richmond, VA. Walker was the daughter of a former slave who had been the cook to a Union spy in the Confederate capital of Richmond, VA.

The bank’s assets were not protected by the federal government, and Congress refused to reimburse depositors. Many depositors continued to petition Congress for compensation, and eventually about half of them received more than half of their money back.

Still, others received nothing. The experiences of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during and prior to the Financial Crisis of –09 call to mind the history of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company, a prominent bank founded for the benefit of former slaves just after the Civil War.

This paper notes similarities concerning the initial motivation for the creation of all three institutions and draws parallels between their. The Freedmen's Savings Bank was a result of the efforts of the friends of the Afro-American in the North to find a means of elevating the newly emancipated race.

Organized init grew rapidly and established branches throughout the South. It Author: Walter L. Fleming. Nevertheless, the Freedmen’s Savings Bank failed in Junewith only $31, to reimburse the remain depositors.

The average loss was $20 per customer. The Freedmen’s Savings Bank was a private corporation, but it had benefited from an assumption that it was affiliated with the Freedmen’s Bureau, an agency of the federal. The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company is better known as the Freedman’s Bank.

Their records are among the most popular for those researching African-American roots. Background. Established by Congress inthe Bank was primarily designed for use by the nation’s recently freed four and a half million formerly enslaved people.

TO THE DEPOSITORS OF THE Freeman's Savings and Trust Co. The recent legislation of Congress, so amending the charter of of [sic] the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, as to place the institution upon a broader and firmer basis, and give to its Trustees a larger measure of discretion and control of its management, may be well enough made the occasion for a brief statement of facts and.

Freedman's Bank Records are a great source for genealogists researching their African American heritage. This database is an index to registers of signatures of depositors and includes images of original records. These documents contain invaluable information about.

Chapel Drive Durham, NC () Perkins Library Service Desk. By Robert Stitt. InCongress established the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Co. with the purpose of helping former slaves build wealth. The bank closed in even though overblack Americans had deposited over $57 million in the Washington D.C.

headquarters and the 37 city branches that spanned 17 states in just 10 years. ___M, Indexes to Deposit Ledgers in Branches of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company, – 5 rolls. The indexes reproduced in this publication list the names of depositors in 26 branch offices of the Freedman’s Bank from to ; roll 1 contains indexes for the District of Columbia.

The original deposit ledgers do. This is the homepage for the projects to organize and document data on the Freedman's Savings and Trust, popularly known as the Freedman's Bank.

The Freedman's Bank was a privately chartered U.S. savings bank, created in the aftermath of the Civil War to guide the development of newly emancipated slaves.

Though the bank achieved some early successes, it failed catastrophically in Freedman's Savings &Trust Company The Freedman's Savings & Trust Company or the Freedman's Bank, as it is universally called, was chartered on March 3, It was the outgrowth of military savings banks in Norfolk, Virginia and Beaufort, South Carolina which had been established earlier for black Union troops who needed a place to deposit their.

The Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, universally known as the Freedman's Bank, was chartered on 3 Mar. It grew out of two military savings banks established in Norfolk, Va., and Beaufort, S.C., for black Union troops who needed a place to deposit their wages and bounty money. On 3 Marchthe Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, sometimes referred to as the Freedman's Bank, was incorporated by an act of Congress.

Accounts from the military savings banks were transferred into the Freedman's Bank. The first Freedman's Bank was established in Washington, D.C.

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The failure of the Freedmen's Bank was but one of the many sensations which shook the public mind and confidence of men who had been at the head of local and national movements. In great measure, the negro depositors in the Freedmen's Bank received the news of the failure with a sort of dumb despair.

Cover of bank book issued by the branch of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company in Lexington, Kentucky. Between andapproximately one hundred thousand Black workers entrusted some fifty million dollars to the bank—equivalent to one billion dollars in today’s currency.The Freedman's Savings and Trust Company was incorporated in by an act signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

The purpose of the company was to create an institution where former slaves and their dependents could place and save their money.

The original bank was first headquartered in New York and later moved to Washington, D.C.The short history of the Freedman's Bank, officially titled the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, exemplifies both the promise and the frustrations of African-American economic development immediately after the Civil Freedman's Bank was incorporated by Congress on March 3,absorbing the military banks that had been established by the Union army during the Civil War in .