"The President's New Year Messenger"
In this New Year's cartoon from "Harper's Weekly," President Grover Cleveland sends a miniature messenger through a doorway. The winged messenger carries a bag which has the words "Due $100,000 to the Depositors." On the other side of the doorway, several African Americans are waiting. Above them is a sign for the Freedman's Savings Bank. The bank, also known as the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, was established in 1865, primarily for the use of former slaves. For a variety of reasons, the bank was forced to close after only nine years, and many individuals and families lost their entire savings. Some depositors and their heirs sought reimbursement into the twentieth century.
- January 01, 1887
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