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HBCU Money’s 2018 African American Owned Bank Directory


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All banks are listed by state. In order to be listed in our directory the bank must have at least 51 percent African American ownership. You can click on the bank name to go directly to their website.

OTHER KEY FINDINGS:

  • Key losses were the sale of First State Bank in Danville, Virginia.
  • AAOBs are in 16 states and territories. Key states absent are Florida, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Virginia.
  • Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, each have two AAOBs.
  • 2017 Median AAOBs Aseets: $133 096 000 ($109 858 000)*
  • 2017 Average AAOBs Assets: $222 831 000 ($218 346 000)*
  • Of the surviving African American bank assets saw a 2.1 percent increase or net gain of approximately $85.2 million in assets in 2017.
  • AAOBs control 0.03 percent of America’s $15.4 trillion Bank Owned Assets.
  • AAOBs control 1.9 percent of FDIC designated Minority-Owned Bank Assets, which is down from 2 percent in 2017.
  • There has not been an AAOB started in 17 years.
  • 11 of 2016’s 19 AAOBs saw increases in assets.
  • For comparison, Asian American Owned Banks have approximately $112.4 billion in assets spread over 76 institutions. An almost 300 percent increase over the past two years.

There are 19 African American owned banks (AAOBs) with assets totaling approximately $4.2 billion in assets or approximately 0.38 percent of African America’s $1.1 trillion in buying power. An unchanged percentage from 2017.

ALABAMA

ALAMERICA BANK

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Founded: January 28, 2000

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $35 328 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 2.6%

COMMONWEALTH NATIONAL BANK

Location: Mobile, Alabama

Founded: February 19, 1976

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $49 485 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 11.4%

CALIFORNIA

BROADWAY FEDERAL BANK FSB

Location: Los Angeles, California

Founded: February 26, 1947

FDIC Region: San Francisco

Assets: $411 638 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 0.4%

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

INDUSTRIAL BANK

Location: Washington, DC

Founded: August 18, 1934

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $423 202 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 8.9%

GEORGIA

CARVER STATE BANK

Location: Savannah, Georgia

Founded: January 1, 1927

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $42 077 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 5.9%

CITIZENS TRUST BANK

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Founded: June 18, 1921

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $428 579 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 5.6%

ILLINOIS

ILLINOIS SERVICE FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Founded: January 01, 1934

FDIC Region: Chicago

Assets: $133 096 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 26.3%

LOUISIANA

LIBERTY BANK & TRUST COMPANY

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Founded: November 16, 1972

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $605 490 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 1.0%

MARYLAND

HARBOR BANK OF MARYLAND

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Founded: September 13, 1982

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $266 208 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 7.2%

MASSACHUSETTS

ONEUNITED BANK

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Founded: August 02, 1982

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $658 014 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 1.8%

MICHIGAN

FIRST INDEPENDENCE BANK

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Founded: May 14, 1970

FDIC Region: Chicago

Assets: $286 561 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 21.4%

NEW JERSEY

CITY NB OF NEW JERSEY

Location: Newark, New Jersey

Founded: June 11, 1973

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $213 858 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 4.1%

NORTH CAROLINA

MECHANICS & FARMERS BANK

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Founded: March 01, 1908

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $254 776 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 17.6%

PENNSYLVANIA

UNITED BANK OF PHILADELPHIA

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founded: March 23, 1992

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $59 009 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 5.4%

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY BANK

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Founded: March 26, 1999

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $52 586 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 2.5%

TENNESSEE

CITIZENS SAVINGS B&T COMPANY

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Founded: January 4, 1904

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $107 165 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 2.5%

TRI-STATE BANK OF MEMPHIS

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Founded: December 16, 1946

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $86 651 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 15.4%

TEXAS

UNITY NB OF HOUSTON

Location: Houston, Texas

Founded: August 01, 1985

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $96 010 000

Asset Change (2017): Up 14.0%

WISCONSIN

COLUMBIA SAVINGS & LOAN ASSOCIATION 

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded: January 1, 1924

FDIC Region: Chicago

Assets: $23 973 000

Asset Change (2017): Down 1.8%

 

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Virginia State’s President Abdullah Leading By Example: Establishes Banking Relationship at VSU Credit Union


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In a release on Twitter, Kevin Davenport, Virginia State University’s Chief Financial Officer, announced that President Makolah Abdullah would be establishing a personal banking relationship with Virginia State University Federal Credit Union, which is the  fourth largest HBCU-based credit union with $8.6 million assets.

It is a move that is prominent after the massive banking black movement began last year. Noted web traffic to HBCU Money would spike anytime there was a police shooting last year to our African American Bank and Credit Union directories. Many African American owned banks and credit unions reporting thousands of accounts being opened and millions of dollars being moved as African Americans looked to take more ownership of their economic power. The movement also coupled with years of financial abuse by banks like Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and others towards the African American community.

The decision by President Abdullah is an important moment as college presidents tend to be more a more financially affluent group. Financially affluent African Americans have often been a group that has been missing among African American owned financial institutions as clients, leaving many institutions to try and survive by piecemealing less financially stable customers and contributing to decades of stagnant products and services offered. We hope this will spur many other HBCU presidents to move their banking relationships and continue to set the example for their students and our community that in order to build a stronger African American ecosystem our institutions, all of them, need our support, investment, and patronage.

Of course, the major missing piece is moving institutional accounts. HBCUs control billions in institutional money and could significantly enlarge the $10.4 billion that is now controlled by 339 African American owned banks and credit unions left. However, very few African American financial institutions are capable of handling institutional accounts. Currently, OneUnited Bank, the largest African American owned bank or credit union with $648 million in assets, has two HBCUs, Roxbury Community College and Florida Memorial as institutional clients. As the banks and credit unions become more stable with growing deposits from individuals, then they will be able to offer the more complex products that institutions and businesses need. So while President Abdullah maybe just one account, the halo effect could begin a second wave in the #BankBlack movement in 2017 and beyond.

 

Two African American Banks Fail To Begin 2015


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The African American banking system suffers major setbacks to begin the year. Highland Community Bank (press release below) which had assets of approximately $73.4 million 2013. The bank was founded November 09, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past two years it witnessed double digit asset declines on its books.

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Also seeing its doors close is Capital City Bank & Trust Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Capitol City, was the ninth largest African American owned bank, with $291 million in assets or 5.7 percent of African American bank owned assets. The bank was only 20 years old, meaning it had seen explosive growth in its short time.

These two closures reduce the number of African American owned banks down to 23 ahead of the HBCU Money’s 2015 African American Bank Owned Directory release, and a combined loss of 7.2 percent of African American bank owned assets. For perspective in 1994, there were 54 African American owned banks.

For the FDIC’s Failed Bank List click here.