While at the Dollar Bank Heritage Center, you will see original handwritten ledgers containing records of Dollar Bank's African American customers from the 1800s. On display will be the 1860 ledger documenting our first mortgage to an African American. Be sure to also see the medical bag and license of Dollar Bank depositor John Paul Golden, M.D., the first African American graduate of what would become the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
The bus tour begins at Dollar Bank, at 340 Fourth Avenue. Founded in 1855 by Charles Colton, Dollar Bank was created as a community bank where everyday workers could open a savings account with as little as one dollar. We made no restrictions on who could become a depositor. From 1855 through the early 1900s, thousands of African Americans in the Pittsburgh area trusted us with their money by opening savings accounts at Dollar Bank.