Pick a story from the vault Empowering Workers: The Story of Cape Fear Employees Credit Union Carolina Family: A Legacy in Kinston Choice Community Credit Union: A Tight-Knit Family Carolina Family: A Legacy in Kinston Community Trust Federal Credit Union: A Sister Act DuPont Employees Credit Union: A Mountain Legacy Roll and Shift: Firestone Credit Union A Legacy of Education: First Legacy Community Credit Union Kern Central Credit Union: A Legacy of Serving Workers in the Fields Mare Island FCU: Building Ships and Savings A Legacy for the People: People’s Community Partnership Federal Credit Union Scotland Credit Association: Finding a Place Called Home Seaway Bank: A Legacy of Empowerment Second Federal: A Legacy of Trust St. Luke Credit Union: A Legacy of Necessity United Savings FCU: A Legacy of Serving Steel Workers United Services Credit Union: Building Credit, Building Lives Back to "Stories from Self-Help's Vault" main First Legacy CU at a Glance Original Name: School Workers Federal Credit Union Founders: Jefferson (J.E.) and Purry Grigsby Year Founded: 1941 Year of Merger with Self-Help: 2020 Original Founding Location: Charlotte, NC The origins of First Legacy Community Credit Union go back to 1941, when a group of Black educators formed School Workers Federal Credit Union in the basement of a fine home on St. Paul Street in Charlotte, NC. The house was owned by prominent Black educator, Jefferson E. Grigsby and his wife, Purry. Mr. Grigsby was the principal of the historic Second Ward High School—Charlotte’s first public high school for Black students. The Grigsbys’ basement became a place of security and community for Black teachers and others employed in the segregated schools of the time. Teachers, principals, custodians and other school employees brought their savings to the Grigsby’s basement not just for a few months or a few years, but for decades. Often they found homemade cookies waiting for them. After decades of service, School Workers Federal evolved into First Legacy Community Credit Union. First Legacy opened up the membership to the wider community, expanded its locations, and became the largest Black-owned credit union in North Carolina. The people interviewed in this video all know different pieces of School Workers and First Legacy’s history. Doris Asbury, a retired educator, has been an active leader in the credit union since 1969. Saundra Torrence began as First Legacy's bookkeeper and ultimately led the credit union through a period of high growth in assets and membership. The video also features two members who have benefited from credit union services: John Douglas of Salisbury and the Reverend August Canada, who leads the Catawba Presbyterian Church in Huntersville. Self-Help’s Charlotte City Executive, Claudie Johnson, provides narration for the video. On January 1, 2020, First Legacy Community Credit Union joined the Self-Help family, operating now as First Legacy, a Division of Self-Help. As Claudie says, this merger is an honor for Self-Help, and we are pleased to help preserve this remarkable history. Tweet Photo Gallery The home of Jefferson and Purry Grigsby in Charlotte, NC. In 1941 School Workers Federal Credit Union started in the basement and for decades served Black educators from this location. Students watch as Second Ward High School was demolished in the early 1970s as part of the city’s urban renewal plan. Photo source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. John Douglas and his fiancée Phyllis in their home in Salisbury, NC. John credits First Legacy staff with helping him build a more solid financial life. This portrait of Jefferson E. Grigsby hangs in the current First Legacy branch on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte. Retired educator Doris Asbury has been a loyal member and active leader in the credit union for 50 years. Jack Brayboy interviews the Rev. August Canada at Catawba Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC for this documentary. Rev. Canada received his first home loan from School Workers Federal CU in the 1970s. Second Ward High School (1923 – 1969) was Charlotte’s first public high school for Black students. J.E. Grigsby, one of the founders of School Workers Federal CU, served as principal of Second Ward for more than 25 years. Photo source: Second Ward Foundation. A collage from a First Legacy Credit Union scrapbook.