Historical marker unveiled at former Victory Savings

Staff ReportsFebruary 24, 2014 

A historic marker was unveiled Monday morning at the site of the former Victory Savings Bank. Founded in the 1921, Victory was South Carolina's first black-owned bank. The marker at 919 Washington Street in the Vista commemorates the institution's history and importance. The bank was chartered by I.J. Joseph, I.S. Leevy and C.E. Stephenson. Notable Columbia Civil Rights leader Modjeska Monteith Simkins held various positions at the bank. In 1999, it became SC Community Bank. The marker was unveiled by Historic Columbia and Columbia SC 63, a partnership aimed at telling the story of the Civil Rights movement 50 years later.

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA SC 63

A historic marker was unveiled Monday morning at the site of the former Victory Savings Bank.

Founded in the 1921, Victory was South Carolina's first black-owned bank. The marker at 919 Washington Street in the Vista commemorates the institution's history and importance. The bank was chartered by I.J. Joseph, I.S. Leevy and C.E. Stephenson.

Notable Columbia Civil Rights leader Modjeska Monteith Simkins held various positions at the bank. In 1999, it became SC Community Bank. The marker was unveiled by Historic Columbia and Columbia SC 63, a partnership aimed at telling the story of the Civil Rights movement 50 years later.

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