A statement from Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman on renaming the Freedman’s Bank Building.
Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman: Appreciation to U.S. Treasury for the Renaming of the Freedman’s Bank Building
“The U.S. Treasury Department has taken an important step forward by deciding to rename the Treasury Annex building to acknowledge the truth of America’s history. By changing the name to Freedman’s Bank Building the department is recognizing the importance of historical attempts to address the great economic divide and wealth inequality gaps of African-Americans following emancipation in 1865. At this time of deepening wealth and income inequality gaps in America, this is a critical time to recognize the truth of the legacy of slavery and the systemic institutional inequality that still exists and must be addressed today.”