Metro Credit Union Dedicates Memorial to Underground Railroad in Lawrence

Dedication Held in Conjunction with Grand Re-Opening of South Broadway Branch Location

CHELSEA, Mass. (May 2, 2014) - Metro Credit Union, the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts unveiled a monument bearing a plaque that marks the site of an Underground Railroad stop. The memorial ceremony, in conjunction with the Office of Mayor Rivera and Lawrence Historical Commission, occurred on the same day of the grand re-opening of Metro’s Lawrence branch location.

The monument, located at 215 South Broadway, is in front of the newly renovated Metro Credit Union location and marks the site of the former home of Daniel Saunders. Mr. Saunders was a founding father of the city and used his home to shelter people escaping slavery before the Civil War.

Robert C. Cashman, President and CEO of Metro Credit Union remarked, “This is not just a special day for Metro, but it is a day for us to remember the City of Lawrence’s important contribution in the fight against slavery.” Cashman also added, “We are proud to be part of this dedication and not only honor what Daniel Saunders did, but also in helping create the first memorial honoring Lawrence’s role in the abolitionist movement.”

The memorial was made from a granite block recovered from the foundation of a Saunders family home. It contains a bronze plaque which reads:

Daniel Saunders Home Site

This plaque marks the site of the early homestead of Daniel Saunders, who was a founding father of the City of Lawrence.

An active abolitionist, his home was one of several “safe houses” on the Underground Railroad was a secret system that assisted fugitive slaves in escaping from the Confederacy to Canada prior to the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

LAWRENCE HISTORICAL COMMISSION
HISTORICAL MARKER DONATED BY METRO CREDIT UNION ON THE
150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLEMATION

About Metro Credit Union

Metro Credit Union is the largest state-chartered credit union in Massachusetts with over $1.3 billion in assets, and serves more than 170,000 members. It is a growing, federally insured financial institution and a leading provider of a full range of financial services to anyone living or working in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Barnstable or Worcester counties in Eastern Massachusetts, as well as Massachusetts state employees and retirees throughout the Commonwealth.

Founded in 1926, Metro Credit Union is a non-profit cooperative institution, owned by and operated for the people who use and benefit from its products and services. Metro uses superior customer service and technology to deliver a full range of financial products to consumers and businesses in eastern Massachusetts. Metro is well known for providing members with unlimited refunds of other banks’ ATM fees through its My Reward Checking account 

Metro Credit Union has 15 branch offices conveniently located in Boston, Burlington, Chelsea, Framingham, Lawrence, Lynn, Melrose, Newton, Peabody, Salem, and Tewksbury, and is also a leader in workplace banking, serving over 1,800 companies throughout the state.