Richard Robert Wright, Sr. and others at a war bond booth

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John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

Richard Robert Wright Sr., college founder and banker, was born into slavery on May 16, 1855, near Dalton, Georgia. In 1921 Wright at the age of 67 retired from the Presidency of Georgia State Industrial College and moved to Philadelphia to open a bank.   After taking classes at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, he founded Philadelphia’s Citizens and Southern Bank and Trust Company located at 19th & South Streets.  At that time it was the only African American owned bank in the North and the first African American Trust Company. 1943

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